Man accused of shooting at police fatally shot in Cassava Piece | Loop Jamaica

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A team from the Eastern Regional Office of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) responded to and began investigations into a police fatal shooting of a man in Cassava Piece on April 26.

The deceased has been identified as a 24-year-old merchandiser, Kashief Smikle o/c Zino.

It is reported that a team of police officers were on foot patrol in the Cassava Piece area when it is alleged that a group of men fired in the direction of the lawmen.

Reports are that the police returned fire. Smikle was later found with gunshot injuries and transported to Kingston Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A 9mm browning single-action pistol, with a serial number, was reported as recovered from the deceased. This recovered firearm as well as the hands of the deceased were swabbed for DNA testing.

Residents have however disputed the accounts of the law enforcement officers, alleging that the fatal shooting of Smikle was carried out in circumstances that were unjustified.

INDECOM has since launched a probe.

Witnesses are also reminded to contact the Commission’s Head Office or send information via WhatsApp to (876)553-5555.