Cops walk free ... No case to answer following the shooting of fellow policeman

February 15, 2017
Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force carry the the casket of Constable Ricardo McKenzie, who was shot and killed at the Jamaica Police Academy Twickenham Park, St Catherine in January 2013.

Two policemen have been freed of criminal charges in connection with the fatal shooting of another cop at the Jamaica Police Academy in 2013.

Sergeant Christopher Mattis and Corporal Craig Vassell of the Mobile Reserve were told that the prosecution failed to establish a case against them when the matter came up in the St Catherine Parish Court on Wednesday, February 15.

However, Parish Judge Tara Reid-Carr said that a case of manslaughter and wounding with intent has been made out against a third cop, Corporal Bruce Martin.

Martin is now set to appear in the Corporate Area Gun Court on May 26.

Constable McKenzie, 21, died after he was shot with live rounds while participating in a tactical training exercise at the Twickenham Park shooting range.

Allegations before the court are the team was using M16 rifles that should have had been loaded with blank rounds for the purpose of the exercise. McKenzie and three others in the party were hit with live rounds. They were taken to hospital for treatment where McKenzie died from injuries received and the others treated and released.

An investigation was conducted by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which led to charges of manslaughter and wounding with intent charges against the policemen.