Jamaican police shoot man in Mandeville club

2010-09-27
Scores of Mandeville residents took to the streets in the Grey Ground community this morning to protest against the cop killing of 28-year-old Damion Hendricks.

Hendicks was shot dead around 3 a.m. this morning during a birthday party at the Rock and Roll night club on Ward Ave in Mandeville.

The police have not released the details of the incident, but alleged eye-witnesses have been recounting the event.

A man who claimed to be an eyewitness to the incident, told our news centre that Hendricks was shot by a policeman who was known by the 28-year-old.

The witness said Hendricks was trying to leave the club when he was pushed to the ground by the policeman.

He said he later saw the policeman placing a gun over the victim’s chest after which an explosion was heard.

A woman who said she too witnessed the shooting, said when she questioned the policeman as to why he shot Hendricks, he threatened to shoot her if she came any closer.

This morning, the commanding officer for Manchester, Superintendent Lascelles Taylor said a team of policemen acting on intelligence, went to go to the club which he claims is a known hangout spot for gunmen and other criminals.

Superintendent Taylor also reported that a gun and seven live rounds were recovered from Hendricks’ body.

However, this was denied by Hendricks’ younger brother, Jason, who was also on the scene at the time of the shooting.

The councillor for the Mandeville division Sally Porteous, is calling for a thorough investigation into the matter and the removal of the policeman involved from front line duty.

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