Indecom probing fatal shooting of man which spark protests in St. James

by March 18th, 2019

Extra security measures, to include greater police presence, are expected to be implemented in and around sections of Catherine Hall St. James, tomorrow (March 19), in order to ensure that normality can return to some schools in the area.

This after the schools were forced to suspend classes early today (March 18), due to a fiery demonstration, mounted by angry residents who protested a police killing.

Principal of Howard Cooke Primary, Dave Scott said some students and teachers were able to get to the school this morning, despite the blockades.



He said after an assessment of the situation, administrators feared for the safety of students and staff so they decided to suspend classes.



He said the police have assured him that officers will restore calm in the area.


Meantime, the Independent Commission of Investigations, Indecom, has appealed for witnesses to Saturday’s (March 16) police fatal shooting incident in Catherine Hall St. James to come forward.

The shooting incident sparked a fiery demonstration in the community today (March 18).

Indecom’s Director of Complaints for the Western Region, Errol Chatoo said the probe is still in its early stages.



Mr. Chatoo said the guns belonging to the officers involved have been sent to the lab for forensic testing.



According to the police, an unidentified man was fatally shot during a confrontation with cops in Catherine Hall, about 2:35 p.m., On Saturday, March 16.

The body is of brown complexion, slim build, about 191 centimetres or 6 feet 3 inches long, with a plaited hair style.

It was clad in a grey T-shirt, grey merino, a pair of blue jeans and brown belt.

Police say one browning single action 9 mm pistol loaded with a magazine containing two rounds of ammunition was taken from the man.