Rage, protests in Standpipe as police shoot resident dead

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police-shooting.jpgAngry residents of Standpipe off Old Hope Road in St. Andrew on Tuesday morning took to the streets again to protest against the fatal shooting of 26-year-old resident, Shae Williams, otherwise called 'Rufus'.

Williams was shot by police Monday night, after which residents mounted a fiery roadblock across from the United States Embassy. They remounted the roadblock at the same location shortly before 7 o'clock Tuesday morning disrupting traffic. This time they used their bodies and an old bus as the barriers.

The residents claim that Mr. Williams had just driven up on a motorcycle when he was confronted by a police team.

They say he was shot despite denying that he had a gun. Mr. Williams' mother, who claimed that one of the cops admitted that her son was killed in error. She said the police also did not give him assistance after he had been shot.

Meanwhile the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit is reporting that at about 8:30 Monday night, the police had a confrontation with two men on a motorcycle, one of whom reportedly pulled a firearm and was fatally shot by the police. A firearm was reportedly found at the scene.

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) are probing the incident.

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