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BSI probes traffic-stop killing

Published:Tuesday | April 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Acting Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington is expected to get a preliminary report today on the fatal shooting of Everton Parchment last Saturday night.

The 32-year-old Parchment, of an Arnett Gardens, Kingston 12, address, was killed along Spanish Town Road, allegedly by a policeman.

Investigators assigned to the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) started a probe into the incident after it was alleged that Parchment was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop.

The police reported that about 10:25 Saturday night, a team of lawmen was in the process of checking a motorist when Parchment, who was driving a Toyota Fielder motor car, was signalled to stop.

Shortly after the motor vehicle stopped, an explosion was heard and Parchment was seen bleeding from a gunshot wound to the neck. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It is alleged that the shot came from a policeman's gun.

Following the incident, several persons, including policemen who witnessed the incident, gave statements to the BSI.

The policeman involved in the incident was also removed from front-line duties.

On Sunday, relatives and friends of Parchment demanded justice as they said none of the other three persons in the motor car at the time were detained by the police.

Parchment and three others were reportedly heading home from St Catherine where they had attended a wedding.

Approximately 70 people have been killed by the police since the start of the year.

Last year, 263 people were fatally shot by the police, up from 224 in 2008 and 272 in 2007.