The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has launched a probe into the shooting death of a civilian along West Street in Old Harbour, St. Catherine on Saturday November 10 at approximately 6:20 p.m.
The incident was reported the Commission at approximately 7:48 pm a call was received from our INDECOM by police control, while the incident occurred same day at approximately 6:20 p.m. A team responded and arrived on the scene about 8:30pm.
The deceased has been identified as Daniel Hayles o/c ‘Jawbone.’
The police reported to the Commission that at about 6:20 p.m. the deceased, who is known and wanted by the Old Harbour police, was seen along West Street in Old Harbour in the company of another man by two patrol officers. The officers allegedly approached the deceased who immediately opened gunfire at the police. The police returned fire and a running gun battle ensued. The men ran through a number of premises still firing at police and made good their escape.
The officers allegedly went back to the police station and made a report to detectives about the shooting. About 6:40 p.m. the Old Harbour police guard room received a telephone call that a man was seen along Darlington Drive suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The same officers went to that scene and realized it was one of the men who had just engaged them. The man was subsequently taken to the Spanish Town hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Several members of the public who were in the vicinity at the time of the shooting gave similar accounts as to what transpired, however no one was willing to give a statements. The area will be re-canvassed for further information in the coming days.
The scene was processed by INDECOM’s Forensics team along with members of Technical Services Division (TSD) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The hands of the concerned officers were swabbed and the body of the deceased processed. The two concerned officers were also interviewed and served notices to provide statements to The Commission on Monday November 12, 2012. The weapons of the concerned officers were taken out of circulation for submission to the laboratory for ballistics testing.
Investigators are appealing to anyone with information that can assist with this investigation to visit or call its office at 1-876-968-8875 or call our Toll Free Incident and Tip Lines: 1-888-935 -5550 (D) or 1-888-991-5555.