Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at the Department of Correctional Services, DCS, Dexter Thompson says even inmates are mourning the tragic loss of two Correctional Officers who died yesterday.

Dead are Staff Officer, Patrick Gowans and Tier 1 Correctional Officer, Rouleene Clarke Gowans. Mr Thompson says the murder-suicide has sent shock waves throughout the team.

He says they learnt of the brewing issues between the Gowans only recently after an incident unfolded at the Fort Augusta Correctional Facility in Kingston.

While, he didn’t say much on the matter he says the Police were called in and help was provided through the DCS to avert any possible tragedy. It is understood that the Police also confiscated Mr Gowans’ licensed firearm which was allegedly later returned.