Jamaican cop gunned down

Section of Effortville community cordoned off by police
Section of Effortville community cordoned off by police

KINGSTON — Tension now looms over the Effortville community, also known as Farm, in May Pen, following yesterday’s killing of police Constable Michael Townsend in the area.

The Jamaica Observer understands that Townsend was visiting friends in the central Clarendon community when he was shot by gunmen.

However, up to late yesterday, the Police High Command – while confirming the officer’s death – offered no details into the incident, which reportedly occurred at about 11:30 am.

A press release from the Constabulary Communication Network noted that “a top-level investigation has been ordered into the murder of Constable Townsend”, who, sources said, has been a policeman for at least eight years and was only recently transferred to Clarendon from St. Elizabeth.

Meanwhile, residents of Effortville said they were stunned by the incident and are now expressing fear that the area, which has had its fair share of problems over the years, will come under increased police scrutiny.

“Right now, a nuff police a go come ’bout di place and wi really can’t tek that in a dem time yah,” an elderly man said yesterday. (Observer)

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