Manchester constable shot dead after gunmen found his police ID card
Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer
A witness to last night's murder of an off-duty police constable in the rural South Manchester community of Farm, says the cop was shot dead by gunmen after he was identified as a policeman.
Constable Orville Preddie was killed at a bar around 11 p.m.
He was among nine patrons when a car drove up and five men, all reportedly armed with guns, alighted.
The eyewitness says the gunmen immediately ordered everyone to lie face down.
According to the eyewitness, while the gunmen were searching the patrons, they found Preddie's police identification card on his person.
It was at that time that they opened fire on the policeman, killing him on the spot.
The witness says the hoodlums then immediately fled.
"Mi can't believe this happened," said the traumatized witness.
Preddie, who worked at the nearby Asia Police Station, is the second policeman to be killed this year.
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