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Thwaites questions whether police murdered a woman in his constituency

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2014 | 6:47 PM

The Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Education Minister Ronnie Thwaites, says the circumstances surrounding the killing of a woman in a controversial police incident in his constituency this morning, suggests she might have been murdered.



READ: 44-year-old Kingston woman shot in police, gunman incident



The police report that 44-year-old Jacqueline Stone was found suffering from gunshot wounds after an exchange of gunfire between gunmen and a team of police personnel that was on patrol in the Georges Lane area of central Kingston.



She later died at hospital; but, the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) says there is no indication yet whether the fatal bullet was fired by the police or criminals.



However, Thawites says the residents are insisting that Stone was shot repeatedly by police personnel while sitting on a stool.



The Education Minister, who visited the community this morning, says from what he has seen and the accounts relayed to him, Stone’s killing appears to be murder and should be treated as such.



He says he has assured the residents that the incident will be thoroughly investigated.



In the meantime, the CCN says the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has begun probing Stone’s death.



CCN says the police are cooperating fully with INDECOM’s investigators.



Superintendent Victor Hamilton, who heads the Central Kingston Police, is appealing to criminal suspects not to shoot at the police or attack them in any way.



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