On Monday, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and a group of civilians had a confrontation that led to a man’s death. The deceased, 24-year-old Terron Hewitt, was fatally shot by a JDF member on Laws Street at a Kingston Central checkpoint. Hewitt is an upcoming dancehall artiste who is nicknamed “Skillibeng” because of his resemblance to the ‘Crocodile Teeth’ artiste.
According to JDF members, one soldier fired his gun at Hewitt during the altercation. After being transported to the Kingston Public Hospital, Hewitt was pronounced dead.
The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has opened an investigation, and a video seemingly documenting the incident has gone viral. The video shows a commotion between the civilians and soldiers moments before a gunshot goes off, and a man falls to the ground. Immediately after the gunfire, persons were screaming, and someone repeatedly asked, “Weh unnuh kill di man fah?”
No member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was visible in the footage, and INDECOM corroborated this by stating that JCF officers were not present during the incident. The additional report outlined that no firearm was recovered at the scene, and there was no report of Hewitt possessing a firearm.
The parishes of Clarendon, St. Catherine, and parts of Kingston and St. Andrew were all proclaimed to be in a state of emergency (SOE) last week by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who stated that the rise in crime and violence posed a threat to property and public order.
The commission is pleading with anyone who saw the incident to come forward. As a result, people are urged to notify the Commission’s Office by submitting the images and videos to INDECOM’s official WhatsApp number at (876)553-5555.
Watch the video of the incident below.