Acting Police Commissioner, Glenmore Hinds, has ordered a high-level probe into an incident this morning at the Mandeville Regional Hospital which resulted in a patient being shot and killed by police.
The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, has also launched a probe into the matter.
The dead man has been identified as 38-year-old, Donovan Stewart.
Reports from the police are that about minutes after 4 this morning Stewart – who was a patient at the hospital – attacked a nurse and two other patients with a sharp object.
He was reportedly shot during an altercation with the police and members of the hospital staff. This, after he refused to comply with certain orders.
According to the Corporate Communications Unit, a team of officers from the Inspectorate of the Constabulary, is probing whether police involved, breached administrative procedures or the Use of Force Policy.
Meanwhile, INDECOM says its forensic and investigative team processed the scene, and interviewed the concerned police personnel.
It says the hands of the officers were swabbed and their weapons taken out of circulation for submission to the Government Forensic Laboratory for analysis.
It says its investigators continue to collect information from civilians and police personnel.
Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, this morning met with traumatized staff and patients at the hospital to offer counselling following what the Ministry described as a ‘bizarre’ incident.