The Police have arrested five people in relation to the murder of a policeman at a party in Fearon, Clarendon on Saturday night.
The Policeman, Constable Kirkland Plummer had disarmed a man with an illegal firearm, before being attacked by patrons at the event.
The event was being held in contravention of the Disaster Risk Management Act.
Head of the Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit, CCU, Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay says the incident happened after 9PM.
She says patrons blocked the entrance and prevented the injured policeman from getting medical care in time.
SSP Lindsay says he later died.
The injured civilian also died.
She says the officers who he’d called for back-up seized the weapons.
She says the incident marks what she calls a sad day in our society.
Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, Head of the Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit, speaking yesterday with Nationwide News.
‘Attack on the State’
In the meantime, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the killing of law enforcement officers while in the lawful conduct of their duties, must be considered an attack on the state, an attack on the nation’s security and sensibilities.
Mr Holness further posted on his Facebook page, Justice must be served.
He also sent condolences to Constable Plummer’s family.
Meanwhile, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang, is describing the incident as barbaric.
He’s also sending condolences to Constable Plummer’s relatives.
Dr Horace Chang, National Security Minister.
In a statement the National Security Minister pleaded with citizens to cooperate with the Police and desist from acts of indiscipline, violence, and what he calls general illegality.
He says cooperation from the public is crucial in reducing violent crimes across the country.
Minister Chang says he’s also been assured the required support is provided for Constable Plummer’s family during this time.
‘Police Commissioner Says Cop Killing is Abhorrent’
Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson has also condemned the killing of Constable Plummer.
In a statement Commissioner Anderson says the attack on Constable Plummer is an abhorrent behaviour that has become too familiar in our society.
He’s also commending members of the community who provided information to the Police which resulted in the arrest of five persons.