Wednesday 25 November, 2020

St James cops hold suspects in case of father killed helping daughter

The St James police have made a major breakthrough in the investigation of a case in which a 57-year- old father was recently shot and killed while trying to stop a group of men from kidnapping his daughter.

Two men have been held in connection with the murder of the victim, Steven McPherson, in Bogue Heights in the parish.

Reports are that on July 22, McPherson was on his way home from work when he saw men in a white Toyota Vitz motorcar and a Voxy van accosting his daughter and pointing a firearm at her.

Realising what was happening to his daughter, McPherson intervened, but was reportedly shot in the face by the driver of the Vitz.

McPherson drove off but crashed shortly after, and later succumbed to his injuries.

The occupants of both the Voxy and Vitz then sped off from the scene.

Following extensive cross-parish investigations by a team of detectives, on Tuesday July 28 targeted operations were conducted at three locations across the parishes of St James and Hanover.

 Investigations were aided by the work of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) cyber and forensic units and the use of a range of new technologies.

The operations led to the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of the Vitz motor vehicle that was reportedly used in the commission of the crime.

One of the men was placed on an identification parade on Wednesday, August 5, and was pointed out.

Both men remain in police custody as the investigation continues.

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