Saturday 19 August, 2017

INDECOM to question cop whose child died from gunshot wound

Cop from Mobile Reserve under investigation

Cop from Mobile Reserve under investigation

The constable whose two-year-old son died from a gunshot wound in Braeton, St Catherine on Thursday, is scheduled to be questioned by investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) on Monday.

The INDECOM investigators were initially preparing to question the policeman on Friday, but the exercise was postponed because the lawman was reportedly too traumatised to give a statement.

 His firearm – the source of the child’s death - has, however, been seized by INDECOM for testing.

Reports were that about 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, the policeman, who is attached to the Mobile Reserve, went home because he felt ill. 

He reportedly fell asleep with his firearm in his possession, but awoke shortly after and saw his son with the gun, a pistol.

The policeman reportedly tried to take the firearm from the toddler, during which the gun went off, resulting in the child being shot in the head.

The cop reportedly tried to rush the child to hospital, but the vehicle in which he travelled, crashed into another vehicle along the Braeton main road. 

 The child later succumbed to the gunshot wound.