Saturday 28 November, 2020

What’s going on? Who really chopped cop in fatal Spanish Town clash?

The father of a bus driver who was shot and killed by the police during an incident in Spanish Town, St Catherine last week, has been charged with the wounding of an on-duty policeman during the same incident.

The man, 46 year-old Denvar Needham, also a bus driver, who is of Eltham Acres, Spanish Town in St Catherine, is the father of Alex Needham who was killed on Wednesday July 1.

Of the incident, the police reported that about 6:15 p.m., the elder Needham used a machete to chop a policeman on his right hand, then fled the scene.

Denvar Needham was apprehended the following day in Guys Hill in the parish, and was charged on Tuesday, July 7, following a question-and-answer session by the police in the presence of Needham’s attorney.

A date for his appearance in court is being finalised by the police.

But in respect of last week's incident, it was reported that the younger Needham was loading a Toyota Coaster bus along Burke Road in the town, when a policeman on duty approached him and instructed that the bus should be moved to a designated area for public transportation.

Sources reported that an argument developed between the cop and the younger Needham, and the uniformed policeman was attacked and chopped several times.

The younger, 24-year-old Alex, otherwise called ‘Lexi’, was reportedly shot by another policeman who saw his colleague being attacked, and reportedly went to his rescue.

But with the shooting death of the younger Needham and now the charging of his father for allegedly wounding the lawman – the only cop who was injured in the incident – several questions have arisen in relation to what really happened on that fateful evening in Spanish Town.

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