Cop disarmed and shot in the head
Following the official installation yesterday of Commissioner of Police George Quallo as the country's 29th leader of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the police force was plunged into mourning following the death of a colleague.
Information reaching THE STAR is that a police team responding to a call in the vicinity of Merl Grove High School on Constant Spring Road came under attack, and a constable was shot and killed.
The deceased has been identified as Leighton Hanson, who was attached to the Constant Spring Police Station.
A source told THE STAR that Hanson was widely known among his colleagues as he worked in the guardroom.
Our news team also gathered that Hanson was responding to a call that there were suspicious men at a location.
While at the scene, the police attempted to apprehend the men when one of the men allegedly disarmed Hanson and shot him once in the head.
Our news team learnt, however, that the attacker was later shot by another cop. He was reportedly taken to hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.
The road was subsequently cordoned off, resulting in heavy traffic in the Corporate Area.
Sadly, minutes after the shooting, a video of the horrific scene began making the rounds on the Internet.
THE STAR observed the footage which shows the policeman's body slumped along the sidewalk along Constant Spring Road. Also in the video was the alleged injured suspect lying in the roadway with a policeman standing over him.
Sergeant Raymond Wilson, chairman of the Police Federation, described the dead policeman as an excellent officer.
When contacted, a saddened Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay was unable to provide more information on the incident.
"All I know is that a policeman is dead. He was killed while executing his duties. We still don't have all the information. At the moment, we are saddened because it came at a point when we were celebrating," she said.