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Cops probe whether colleague committed murder-suicide

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The police are probing the circumstances surrounding the death of a teacher in New Haven, St Andrew, and the suspected suicide of a police constable along the Aqualita Vale main road in St Mary yesterday.

Dead are 23-year-old Kadeen Hunter, a teacher of Camelot Avenue, Kingston 20, and 28-year-old Rajon Stephens, a police constable of Jacks River district in St Mary.

Stephens, who was attached to the Hunts Bay Police Station in the St Andrew South division, was reportedly involved in a relationship with Hunter.

A release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) stated that at about 4:19 a.m., Stephens reportedly telephoned Hunter's mother informing her that her daughter was shot.

"The police were alerted and on their arrival, Hunter was seen lying along the roadway with gunshot wounds," the CCU said. "She was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead."

The police said that about two hours later, Stephens was found in a Nissan Sunny motor car on the Aqualita Vale main road in St Mary suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at about 7:54 a.m.

Stephens' death comes less than a month after another police constable, 32-year-old Tyrone Thompson, was found dead in a suspected suicide at his home in Manchester.

Persons with information that may assist with investigations are asked to contact the Duhaney Park Police at 933-4280, Police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311, or the nearest police station.