Sunday 12 July, 2020

Ex-cop linked to fatal shooting of entertainer deported

Ex cop who fled the island

Ex cop who fled the island

A former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who fled the island to the United States after being wanted for fatally shooting popular entertainer, 'Instaboss', in St Mary last year, has been deported from the North American county.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed the Jamaican national on Thursday, according to a news release.

The ex-cop, 24-year-old Oshane Wayne Thompson, was removed from the US via an ICE Air Operations Charter flight.

He was later handed over to the Jamaican authorities, and was arrested by the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) on Thursday.

Thompson, who had reportedly resigned from the police force before he fled the island, is to appear in the St Mary Parish Court next week on murder-related charges.

He is implicated in the killing of 31-year-old Kriston Pearson, also known as Instaboss or ‘Maffie’, of Charles Town, St Mary and Exchange in Ocho Rios, St Ann, who was shot dead on May 7, 2017.

It was alleged that sometime after 4:00 a.m., Pearson and the ex-cop had an altercation, allegedly over a woman at a party in Trinity near Port Maria in St Mary.

Eyewitnesses at the time alleged that Pearson used a bottle to hit the cop, and it was at that point that the lawman pulled his firearm and fired, hitting Pearson in the chest.

Pearson was later pronounced dead at hospital, while the cop was also taken to the hospital, where he received treatment for his injuries.

The policeman was subsequently interviewed by investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), and was later released.

Thompson then tendered his resignation to the JCF, which was reportedly approved.

According to a news release from ICE, "on June 13, 2017, Thompson boarded a flight to the US and legally entered with a non-immigrant visa, with authorisation to remain in the United States until December 13, 2017."

But on June 19, 2017, Interpol issued a Red Notice for Thompson for the crime of murder.

The release further added that on June 26, 2017, "the ERO National Criminal Analysis and Targeting Center (NCATC) in Williston, Vermont, advised ERO New York that Thompson may be residing in the New York City metropolitan area."

Thompson's visa was revoked by the US Department of State on June 28, 2017.

Nine months later, Thompson was arrested on immigration charges by ERO deportation officers from the New York City and Newark Field Offices in Pennsauken, New Jersey, on March 19, 2018.

Thompson was ordered removed by an immigration judge in New York City on August 2 this year.

The Jamaican later waived his right to an appeal, and was then deported.

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