The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, has launched a probe into this morning’s fatal shooting of a man at the Olympic Gardens Police Station in St. Andrew.
The dead man has been identified as 23 year old Odane Bennett of Hill Avenue, Kingston 11.
The sequence of events that led to the killing of Mr. Bennett, has raised questions about gun safety practices among Police officers.
Assistant Commissioner at INDECOM, Hamish Campbell, says reports are that sometime after 6 this morning, a police officer was in a service vehicle parked outside the police station, when Mr. Bennett allegedly relieved him of an M16 rifle.
Bennett then ran into a public passenger vehicle. ACP Campbell says he was pursued by the Policeman and shot.
Mr. Bennett was pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital.
ACP Campbell says there were only two passengers on the bus. No one was hurt.
Information received by investigators confirmed that Mr. Bennett was of unsound mind and had been treated at the University Hospital and the Kingston Public Hospital for mental health problems in the past.
ACP Campbell says INDECOM finds it extremely concerning that a Policeman could’ve been so easily relieved of a loaded weapon.
The Commission are asking anyone who may have witnessed or can provide any information about the incident to call their Kingston officer at 1.876.968.1932, or call their mobile number at 1.876.878.0167.