Jamaica – Police force rocked by second cop killing
KINGSTON – Another police officer has been gunned down, a week after a female constable he worked with was killed.
Constable Lyndon Barrett was shot in the head and upper body around 8 o’clock last night while on patrol on Wellington Street in downtown Kingston.
Last Thursday, his colleague at the Denham Town Police Station in west-central Kingston, 24-year-old Constable Crystal Thomas, was shot on a bus after leaving work.
In a statement issued after the latest cop killing, Minister of National Security Peter Bunting said it was another sad day for the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the country, and called all Jamaicans to join him in “condemning this heinous crime”.
“We will not allow this cowardly attack on law and order to go unpunished. I wish to assure the Jamaican people that the police will not be deterred in their efforts to defend communities and to maintain the pressure on criminal elements,” he said.
The minister encouraged the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to remain courageous and resolute in the face of the attacks.
“We have the capacity to track and apprehend these vicious attackers, whose agenda seems to be to cause fear among the citizenry. With the partnership and cooperation of the people of Jamaica, we will bring these perpetrators to justice,” Bunting declared.
The murder of Constable Barrett also came less than 24 hours after gunmen fired shots in the vicinity of an armoured police vehicle.