Man Allegedly Commits Suicide in The Back of a Police Car
The Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) has launched a probe into a reported suicidal death of a man while in police custody earlier this week.
Reports are that the deceased, who has been identified as 58-year-old Leslie Barrett, better known as ‘Wayne’, who was a former court bailiff.
Barrett who is from Luana Housing Scheme in St Elizabeth was reported as a person of interest in an ongoing investigation.
According to the police, at around 8:30 pm, Barrett was travelling in his Honda Motorcar along the Rocky Hill main road in St Elizabeth, when he approached a group of police officers who ordered him to pull over. The driver reportedly obliged and was then ordered to step inside a service vehicle for questioning. A loud explosion was heard shortly after. When officers went to investigate, Barrett was found slumped over inside the vehicle with his Licensed Glock firearm beside him.
The officers involved are now being questioned as to why the detainee was allowed to enter the service vehicle while wearing his licensed firearm.
The police investigation continues.