Cop murdered at dance
Investigators in the St Catherine North Police Division are trying to piece together the circumstances that led to the shooting death of a colleague at a party in Orangefield, Linstead, early yesterday morning.
The dead cop has been identified as 35-year-old Constable Courtney Linton, who was attached to the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (Flying Squad).
Another man was injured during the incident, which reportedly sent patrons scampering for cover.
Information reaching THE STAR is that Linton was on suspension for the past five years on a murder charge.
He was reportedly standing around the sound system about 12:30 a.m. when armed men entered the party and opened fire on him, hitting him several times.
In a statement, Police Commissioner George Quallo said that detectives from the Major Investigations Division and the St Catherine North Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the shooting.
Quallo expressed condolences, and said teams from the Community Safety and Security Branch and the Chaplaincy Unit were dispatched to assist family members.
"On behalf of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, I offer condolences to his family, colleagues, and friends. It is never easy to lose a loved one, and there are no words to describe the pain that is felt when hardened criminals snuff out a life without thought. We, the JCF family, share your sorrow and offer you our support in this difficult time," Quallo said.
A policeman who worked alongside Linton told our news team that the cop did not deserve to die like that.
"He was a good cop, going through a situation. He was always confident that he would have been vindicated. Hard-working policeman who was good to work with," he said
Linton is the second policeman to be killed in a week.
Last Friday night, Corporal Melvin Smith of the Community Safety and Security Branch of the Mandeville police was shot and killed as he tried to assist a man who was robbed of his motorcycle.