Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Cocorite man killed by police identified

The man who was killed during a confrontation with police on Saturday afternoon has been identified as 26-year-old Jamel Woods.

Woods, of Petitlal Hill, Waterhole Road, Cocorite, was positively identified by his mother.

An autopsy is expected to be performed today at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.

According to police reports, around 2.30 pm on Saturday, officers of the Western Division Task Force were conducting patrols along Petitlal Hill, when they observed two men near an abandoned structure with what appeared to be firearms in their hands.

The men were confronted, and they allegedly pointed their weapons at the lawmen.

The officers in response opened fire, hitting Woods.

The other suspect fled the scene on foot, and escaped.

A preliminary search of the area was carried out and one Glock 17 pistol fitted with a magazine loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition was found near the injured man.

Woods was rushed to the St James Medical Complex where was treated, however, he succumbed to his injuries.

Superintendent Thompson is continuing inquiries.

This was the first police-involved killing for 2019.

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