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INDECOM probes fatal shooting during security operation in Mountain View

INDECOM Commissioner Hugh Faulkner, SSP Stephanie Lindsay and residents of Mountain View Avenue
 
Members of the security forces are keeping a close watch on sections of Mountain View in St. Andrew following a reported confrontation between the security forces and gunmen on Monday morning.
 
Sections of Saunders Avenue and Jarrett Lane remain tense following the fatal shooting of a resident of the community during a joint security operation.
 
The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has said a team is in the community collecting statements following allegations of abuse by members of the security forces.
 
INDECOM Commissioner Hugh Faulkner said the deceased is 32-year-old Nevarn Edwards of 72 Mountain View Avenue. 
 
"The scene has been processed for forensic exhibits. The requisite firearms will also be retrieved and boxed and the notices served on the relevant officers for interview by INDECOM. Our investigative team will also engage our family liaison officer to interact with the family members of Mr. Edwards," Mr. Faulkner told Radio Jamaica News. 
 
It's reported that the man was among a group who engaged the security forces in a shootout between Saunders Avenue and Jarrett Lane.
 
Two members of the security forces were shot in the incident and are being treated.
 
According to head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, sometime after 4 a.m., the police acting on information went to 72 lane in the Mountain View area in search of wanted man Demar Williams.
 
Mr. Williams, also known as 'Kye-Kye' or 'Baby Killa', is one of eight prisoners who escaped from the Black River police lock-up in June. 
 
When the security forces arrived at 72 lane in Mountain View, Mr. Williams and his cronies reportedly engaged them in a shootout. The shooting resulted in the death of Mr. Edwards. 
 
The main target escaped. 
 
While still at the scene, the officers came under attack from gunmen in the Wakeika Hill area, causing injury to two members of the security forces. 
 
SSP Lindsay said the operation is continuing in Mountain View in search of the main target as well as the men who fired at the police.
 
Mr. Williams is also a person of interest in the murder of a family in Waterloo district, Spanish Town, St. Catherine in September.
 
The police are reminding the public that it is an offence to harbour criminals.
 
Residents of Mountain View Avenue staged a fiery protest Monday morning, accusing a member of the Jamaica Defence Force of using excessive force against onlookers. 
 
The protest disrupted commuters, including students, who were going about their business.
 
The roadblock was later cleared by the security forces.
 


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