Wednesday 26 February, 2020

WATCH: Residents protest fatal police shooting in St James

Sections of the Rose Heights community in St James were tense following the shooting of two men, one fatally, by the police, and a subsequent protest by residents in the area from Thursday night into Friday.

The residents claimed that the men were shot in cold blood, but the police reported that the men were shot when they confronted a police team that was conducting operations in the community.

The deceased man have been identified as 21-year-old Vic Sterling, alias 'Pee-Pee', of Rose Heights.

The other injured man, said to be in his twenties, remains hospitalised.

Preliminary reports are that sometime after 8:00 a.m., a team of officers was conducting a patrol in the area, when they saw a group of men who began to act in a suspicious manner.

One of the men reportedly pulled a firearm and pointed it in the direction of the police, who then took evasive action and opened fire.

When the shooting subsided, two of the men were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

The other men fled the scene.

The injured men were assisted to the hospital by the police, where Sterling was pronounced dead.

Residents, some of whom it is alleged witnessed the incident, used debris, including stones, to block sections of the roadway into the community.

A video of aspects of the protest was obtained by Loop News. In it, one woman who seemed to be recording the incident, claimed that the men were shot in cold blood more than 20 times, and a car in the vicinity was also shot up.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is probing the incident.

See the video below.


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