The police have reportedly arrested and charged two of their own who have been accused of being involved in a robbery.
Constable Orane Edwards of a St Catherine address was reportedly arrested yesterday, and charged with four counts of illegal possession of firearm, robbery with aggravation, three counts of illegal possession of ammunition and conspiracy. Constable Edwards is accused of being involved in a robbery in which three men allegedly held up a man and robbed him of two licensed firearms and cash in Mandeville, Manchester on Wednesday, October 9.
The other policeman, Corporal Gregory Givans, who is also accused of being one of the robbers, was charged on October 31, with three counts of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. Constable Edwards is to appear in court on November 27, while Corporal Givans is to appear in court on December 11.
Constable Nyrone Walfall, who was reportedly attached to the Technical Services Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, died in a car crash along the toll road in the vicinity of Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston yesterday.
According to reports, Constable Walfall was driving his Toyota Scion motor car towards Portmore at approximately 4.30 yesterday afternoon, when the vehicle hit a utility pole and then crashed into the mangroves. The policeman sustained injuries and was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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A female member of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF), identified as 23 year old Special Constable Ariana Henry, reportedly died from her injures after being shot by gunmen some time after 8 p.m. last night. She had been a member of the ISCF for three years.
According to reports, Henry was at home in the Marine Park community of Portmore, when she went outside to speak with a visiting male colleague. The colleague was reportedly parked outside Henry’s gate on Darien Drive, and as they stood talking, a dark-coloured Toyota Corolla motorcar with five men aboard drove up. One of the occupants is said to have jumped from the car and started shooting, hitting the policewoman in the abdomen.
Henry’s colleague reportedly returned fire hitting one of the gunmen in the abdomen. He dropped his weapon — a Bryco Arms 9 mm pistol – but managed to escape via the getaway car. A man later turned up at the Spanish Town Hospital with gunshot wounds, claiming he was injured during a robbery. The man was however identified as one of the gunmen, and is now in police custody; a search has been launched for the other men.
Henry died early this morning while undergoing surgery at the Spanish Town Hospital.
A St. Ann-based policeman who reportedly shot himself in the neck on Tuesday, July 9, succumbed to his injury at the Kingston Public Hospital yesterday evening. He has been identified as 36-year-old Constable Dave Shackleford.
Constable Shackleford, who was attached to the St. Ann Street Crimes Unit, reportedly went to visit relatives in Beecher Town near Ocho Rios shortly after 10:00 o’clock Tuesday morning. While at the family house, an explosion was heard. Family members later found him with a bullet wound, and he was rushed to hospital.
Constable Shackleford had allegedly been having domestic problems, and had reportedly attempted suicide before. He had been with the Jamaica Constabulary Force for 10 years.
A police sergeant – Alphanso Gossop – assigned to the Protective Services Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force was reportedly ambushed and shot dead as he walked home on Sunrise Crescent in St Andrew yesterday. Gossop reportedly served as Close Protection Officer to the Shearer family for a total of 30 years, first to former Prime Minister, the late Hugh Lawson Shearer, and later to his widow, Dr. Denise Eldemire-Shearer.
According to the Constabulary Communication Network, Sergeant Gossop was walking home at minutes after 5:00 pm when he was shot and killed by men who were travelling in a Nissan Tida motor car. The attack happened a few metres from his home. His firearm was reportedly taken by the men during the incident.
Minutes later, the police intercepted a Nissan Tida motor car — believed to be the getaway vehicle near Half-Way-Tree, the St Andrew capital — and arrested its four male occupants. The vehicle was also seized.
Some have speculated that it may have been a reprisal killing. Reports indicate that just last month, the policeman shot & killed one gunman, and injured another, after they attempted to rob him. The robbers are believed to be among a group of thieves targeting middle-class communities off Red Hills Road.