JAMAICA – Cop suspected of committing suicide
KINGSTON –– The Police High Command yesterday said it was growing increasingly concerned about the frequency at which they were being called to investigate cases of suspected suicide in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
The concerns were raised yesterday after the JCF was again rocked by news of the death of two more policemen –– one being investigated as a suspected suicide and the other being probed as death by natural causes.
The cases brought to five the number of JCF members who had died in the last two months. Three from that number are suspected to have committed suicide.
In the latest case yesterday, police reported that Xavian DaCosta, a constable stationed at the Greater Portmore Police Station, was found dead at his home in Portmore,
Information into the incident that plunged members of the Greater Portmore Police Station into mourning were still sketchy.
As news of the death emerged, the Police High Command said the reports had left its members worried.
“This it something that the Police High Command is very much concerned about. Incidents of this nature, especially the regularity of these reports, have left members really concerned,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell, who issued a call for policemen and women facing problems of depression in any form to not hesitate to seek help.
Hours after the Portmore incident, the police were called to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Constable Garnet Taylor in Vineyard Town, Kingston. He was found dead at the Vineyard Town Police Station.
Police said Constable Taylor, who was stationed at the Hunt’s Bay Police Station, was found by colleagues who noticed he was not moving. The policeman was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police said they were still investigating the circumstances surrounding Taylor’s death, even though early investigation indicated that he may have died from natural causes.
Last Sunday another cop, Rajon Stephens, shot and killed himself after fatally shooting a female companion, Kadeen Hunter, at Duhaney Park in Kingston.
And less than a month after another policeman, Tyrone Thompson, was found dead at home. Police reported that the body of the 32-year-old corporal was found lying across his bed with a gunshot wound to the head and a gun in his hand.
His twin brother, also a policeman, made the discovery. Thompson was assigned to the Clarendon Division.
In early July, the JCF was shaken by the tragic deaths of constables Crystal Thomas and Lynden Barrett, both of the Denham Town Police Station. They were gunned down by criminals a week apart.