Slain cop was under probe - Implicated in shootings of policeman, civilian

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April 19, 2016

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Constable Shane Francis, the policeman who was killed Sunday night in White River, St Ann, was before the Coroners' Court for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of a colleague, Constable Sheldon Williams, in Ocho Rios in the parish in 2010.

The Coroner's Court conducts inquests into sudden or suspicious deaths.

Williams had earlier been reprimanded by one of his colleagues during a boat excursion after he discharged his weapon in a gun salute.

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The police reported at the time that while he was being processed, Williams - more popularly known as 'Sylvan' -- grabbed his firearm and fled the police station. A police team reportedly gave chase before Williams was killed during an exchange of gunfire.

And nearly a year later, according to police investigators, Francis was implicated in the shooting of a male patron at a dance in Paggee, St Mary.

Francis died after being shot, allegedly by a licensed firearm holder during an altercation, while at a party at White River, on the St Ann/St Mary border, just outside Ocho Rios. He was stationed at St Ann's Bay and had given 11 years service to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Lorraine Jackson, Francis' aunt, described him as someone who loved life, loved his family, and who loved education.

"Shane grew up in the family house here in Breadnut Hill with me and his grandmother," Jackson told The Star yesterday.

"He was a fun-loving person, he loved life, he loved education and was always studying something new. He loved his cousins dearly and is always with them, they always go to parties together," she said.

Meanwhile, one man, who declined to give his name, reminded The Star that it was just over a year ago that two police officers died after an incident at a party, also at White River.

"I don't know what's happening, a strange coincidence," the man said, shaking his head.

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