Police, on Thursday, commented on the incident in Peruvian Vale last Sunday in which they shot and killed a Campden Park man, the second man to die at the hands of the police this month.
In a press statement, the Police Public Relations and Complaints Department said they responded to a report of a burglary which occurred between Aug. 8 and 9.
Keithan James, 21, of Campden Park opened fire on the police, who returned fire, resulting in James suffering a gunshot wound, the statement said.
Police said that James was taken to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A coroner’s inquest will be conducted to ascertain the circumstances under which the deceased died, the police press statement said.
On Wednesday, Jemark Jackson, 27, of Campden Park, Quincy Boyde, 26 of Rillan Hill, originally of Ottley Hall, and Romando Andrews, 29, of Clare Valley and Peruvian Vale, but originally of Diamond, appeared before the Serious Offences Court where they pleaded not guilty to a number of charges not related to that alleged burglary.
James made national headlines in 2013, when he was charged that on June 13, 2018, at Campden Park, he attempted to murder fellow villager Keymany Williams, 30, by shooting him on the left side of his stomach with a gun.
The accused man went on to make headlines again when he was jailed in December 2018 for two months after being found guilty during an expedited trial that, on Nov. 24, 2018 at Campden Park, he used threatening language to Gilmore John, to wit, “I will shoot you.”
John was a witness in the attempted murder case, for which James was later freed.
On Aug. 1, 2020, Jun Abbott died in Langley Park after being shot by police during the pre-dawn hours.
Police said in a statement later that day, that sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. that day, a group of police officers were returning from “a function” when they saw Abbott who was “known to the police” walking along the Langley Park Public Road with what appeared to be a gun in his hand.
They said that Abbott opened fire when the officers ordered him to stop and drop his “weapon”.
The Police Public Relations and Complaints Department said that the officers pursued Abbott who opened fired again as he got to his house.
The police returned fire and shot Abbott in his right thigh.
“The deceased then ran to the back of his house, scaled two walls and escaped from the police. A party of police officers from the Georgetown Police Station later joined in on the search for the deceased. His body was subsequently found in some bushes approximately 400 yards from his house,” the police statement said.