Police in pain .... Cops greiving over death of two colleagues

February 25, 2017
Police on foot patrol.

Police in pain

The island's police force is now in mourning after two of its members died in separate incidents in St Catherine.

Sergeant Raymond Wilson says the morale of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) members has been severely impacted by the deaths of two cops within 24 hours.

"People are in fact hurting right now," Wilson said yesterday.

One member, Neville Bryan, a sergeant, died after he was attacked by gunmen at a gas station in Portmore, St Catherine, early Friday morning.

Bryan, who served for 20 years in the force, was shot repeatedly while he sat in his motor car.

The second policeman, a district constable, died in hospital Thursday night, nearly a week after he was shot in the neck by a colleague.

He is Duran Smith, 27, who was attached to the Missing Person Unit at the Spanish Town Police Station in the St Catherine North division.

Smith was allegedly shot and injured by a colleague at the Aviary Housing Scheme on February 17, in Old Harbour, St Catherine.

He was hospitalised with injuries to his neck and succumbed to his injuries about 9 p.m., Thursday, at the Spanish Town Hospital.

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