Cops accused of shooting colleague freed

February 16, 2017

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 freed when the prosecution failed to establish a case against them when the matter came up in the St Catherine Parish Court yesterday.

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.

Ricardo 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 that the team was using M16 rifles that should have 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. The others were treated and released.

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