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Cop shot dead, five others injured during training

Published: Thursday January 31, 2013 | 8:40 am Comments 0

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor
The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre

The Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington has ordered that all weapons training be suspended at the Jamaica Police Academy following last night’s death of a policeman during a training exercise.

Five other members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force were injured during that incident.

Commissioner Ellington says an internal investigation will be conducted by the Inspectorate of the Constabulary.

He says the investigation will seek to determine whether established protocols and Standard Operating Procedures were adhered to.

The Independent Commission of Investigations is also probing the shooting incident.

The Police Commissioner says during the suspension of weapons training, the Tactical Training Village and the range at the police academy will be closed.

He says all established and related Standard Operating Procedures will also be thoroughly reviewed.

In the meantime, Ellington is appealing to police personnel to remain calm during what he describes as a difficult time.

He also reminded them that caution and discipline must always be exercised with respect to the care and use of weapons on and off duty.

Last night’s incident follows Tuesday’s murder of a policeman by gunmen in Grange Lane in Portmore, St. Catherine.

It also brings to three the number of policemen who have died in shooting incidents since the start of the year.

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