Sunday 5 July, 2020

Senior superintendent of police believed to have committed suicide

A Senior Superintendent of Police, Dermot Lawrence of the Area One Police in western Jamaica, is believed to have committed suicide on Friday evening.

Reports are that the senior lawman was found hanging by a piece of rope from a ceiling in his home at Mango Valley near Montego Bay in St James sometime after 7:30 p.m.

SSP Lawrence was in charge of administration at the Area One Police Headquarters in Montego Bay.

Reports are that a friend discovered the shocking development upon visiting the lawman’s home, and summoned the police.

It is understood that Lawrence may have been experiencing domestic challenges, and only a day earlier, his action drew the attention of the police.

Indications are police personnel responded to an explosion at his home then, and were advised by the senior officer that he had accidentally fired his gun.

The now deceased cop served for many years in western Jamaica, in Hanover, Westmoreland and latterly, St James.

He was noted to have been an all-round individual, who was very efficient at his duties, and extremely dedicated to his job.

More details to come on the development.

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