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Cop to be charged with murder, perversion of justice – DPP ruling

Published:Friday | July 19, 2013 | 4:48 PM

A police officer who was involved in the fatal shooting of a St Ann man is to be charged for murder and perverting the course of justice.



The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) today ruled that criminal charges be laid in the fatal shooting of Christopher Hill.



The ruling recommended that Constable Ricketto Graham, who is attached to the Brown’s Town Police Station, be charged with the murder of Hill and attempting to pervert course of justice.



Hill was injured in a shooting incident on Friday, July 12 about 5:55 a.m. at Wesley Crescent in Brown’s Town; St Ann.



Hill was taken to the hospital and admitted in serious condition.



On Sunday, July 14, Hill succumbed to his injuries.



INDECOM says the police account received of the circumstances leading to the shooting is as follows:



The police that two officers were on foot patrol in the Brown’s Town area, both attired in plain clothes.



On approaching a section of Wesley Crescent, the officers allegedly noticed that a man was coming towards them, and at first, appeared as if he wanted to run.



The officers allegedly announced themselves by shouting: “Police, put your hands in the air and don’t move”.



The man did not stop, but allegedly continued to advance at the policemen.



One of the constables repeated the instructions “Police, stop and don’t move”.



The man continued to advance at them and at this point one officer allegedly noticed that the man reached into what appeared to be the front of his waist band and pulled a ratchet knife and continued to advance at the police officers.



Again, the officers repeated “Police, don’t move”.



The man continued and so the concerned officer allegedly pulled his firearm and chambered a round.



The man continued to advance at him and allegedly cut at the concerned officer with the knife once.



He fired a round in his direction and the man continued to advance at him and so he fired a second round.



The man then fell backwards.



He was subsequently taken to the hospital where he was admitted.



A knife was allegedly recovered in the incident.



Civilians, however, gave a conflicting account.



The involved officers were interviewed by INDECOM investigators and the scene of the incident processed by the Technical Services Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).



Based on information collected during the initial investigation, it was apparent that there was an intent to wound Hill, and so Constable Ricketto Graham was taken into custody, on July 12, where he remained until the DPP’s ruling.




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