Tuesday 7 April, 2020

VIDEO: Guards in fatal Cross Roads shooting taken off front-line duty

The security guards who were involved in a shooting incident that left a man dead along Studio One Boulevard in Cross Roads, St Andrew on Wednesday morning, have been removed from front-line duties.

Head of KingAlarm, John Azar, told Loop News that the decision was taken to facilitate investigations that are being carried out by the management of the company and the police.

A release was also sent out by the company, providing further details of the incident.

The release spoke about a video that is circulating on social media of the incident.

“In light of images circulating on social media over the past 24 hours, and speculation surrounding ‎the recent fatal shooting incident on Brentford Road (renamed Studio One Boulevard) two nights ago, KingAlarm would like to state the following, based on our preliminary reports:

“One of our KingAlarm armed response teams was carrying out their duties on Brentford Road on the night of July 10. Having just responded to an intrusion alarm at a nearby premises shortly before midnight, three young men called out to the team (members) who were in the process of departing the area,” the release stated.

“The team came to a stop, at which point the three individuals approached the vehicle on foot and begun to engage the driver in conversation at close range,” the release continued.

It said during the course of the brief discussion, one of the individuals outside the vehicle ran unexpectedly, while another lifted his shirt with his right hand as if to show (that) he had no weapon, while simultaneously, and without warning, reaching with his left hand for what appeared to be a firearm concealed to the back, left hand side of his waistband.

“The driver of the KingAlarm vehicle, who was in closest proximity to the men, reacted quickly, discharging his licensed firearm in the direction of the man. The individual in question fell to the ground, while the third person attempted to flee and was subsequently detained,” the release stated.

Azar said the police were immediately alerted by the company’s command centre about what had taken place.

The police arrived at the scene shortly thereafter, where the apprehended individual was handed over into their custody.

“The injured man was taken to the Kingston Public hospital by the police, aided by our personnel, where he was subsequently pronounced dead,” the release continued.

“The firearm was retrieved from the scene and handed over to the police immediately upon their arrival. Same was subsequently discovered to be an imitation weapon,” the release further stated.

It went further.

“While we at KingAlarm have a strict use-of-force policy which stipulates that minimal force (should) be used as each situation warrants, and while our officers are trained to respect human rights at all times, ‎our personnel - like every citizen of this country - have the right to defend themselves using proportionate force when their lives have been threatened,” said the release.

Azar also spoke of a section of the video in circulation which he said not many persons would have seen.

“We are well aware that the individual reaching for his weapon may not be easily visible at first glance on the video being circulated, but a closer analysis of same clearly confirms this fact and supports the account given by our officers at the scene,” said Azar.

“We remind the public that our personnel would have had no way of knowing that the weapon being drawn was an imitation one, and we cannot speak to the reason why the individual in question would have acted as he did, especially knowing that the weapon he was reaching for was fake,” said Azar.

“KingAlarm deeply regrets any loss of life and is co-operating fully with the police in their investigations. As is customary with any incident of this nature, all personnel involved in the shooting have been removed from front-line duty, pending the outcome of both our internal investigation, as well as that of the police,” said Azar.

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