Fireman killed for dissing slain cop - Hunt on for deceased policeman's best friend

April 20, 2016

Fireman killed for dissing slain cop

- Hunt on for deceased policeman's best friend

A man said to be the best friend of Constable Shane Francis, who was killed by a licensed firearm holder on Sunday night is being sought by the police in connection with the stabbing death of a firefighter yesterday.

The incident reportedly happened in Galina, St Mary, during an argument the men were having, allegedly about the late constable.

The incident happened in the early afternoon, but the fireman died last night.

Police have not yet released his name. Reports indicate that the men were reportedly having a discussion about Francis which apparently turned into a disagreement after some uncomplimentary remarks were made about the late policeman.

During the disagreement, it is reported, the man, who is said to be the late cop's best friend, reportedly pulled a knife. The weapon was used to stab the fireman several times. He was taken to hospital where he died. The attacker has since fled the scene.

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A senior officer from the Area Two police confirmed the killing and told The Star that the matter is being investigated. The senior cop, however, could not confirm if the men were arguing about the deceased policeman.

Head of the St Mary police, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay-Clarke, was unavailable for comment last night. Francis was killed while he was under probe, having been involved in two shootings. Assistant Commissioner Ray Palmer from the Police Inspectorate Division said yesterday that Francis is understood to have been on vacation leave from 2010 following the first of the two shooting incidents.

Meanwhile, the licensed firearm holder, who fatally shot Francis in White River on the St Ann/St Mary border, remains in police custody. He is said to be the son of a former policeman who was stationed in St Ann years ago.

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