Ja­maica records third straight Tues­day of po­lice deaths af­ter cop com­mits sui­cide

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - -Caribbean360

Tues­day July 28 marked the third con­sec­u­tive Tues­day that a po­lice of­fi­cer in Ja­maica died. But while the first two were killed by crim­i­nals, it ap­pears Cor­po­ral Ty­rone Thompson’s death came by his own hands.

Po­lice have con­firmed that they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ap­par­ent sui­cide of the 32-yearold who was found ly­ing across his bed with a gun­shot wound to the head and a gun in his hand around 7:30 p.m.

His twin brother, also a po­lice­man, made the dis­cov­ery.

Re­ports in­di­cate that Thompson, who was as­signed to the Claren­don Di­vi­sion, had been un­der stress and was fac­ing some fi­nan­cial and other per­sonal prob­lems.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ja­maica Ob­server, he called his brother and other rel­a­tives dur­ing the day, telling them he loved them.

His brother promised to visit him af­ter work, but when he got to the res­i­dence in cen­tral Manch­ester, he didn’t get any re­sponse. It was af­ter re­mov­ing some lou­vres and get­ting in­side the house that he re­alised his twin was dead.

In the wake of the tragedy, head of the Manch­ester Po­lice, Su­per­in­ten­dent Melvin Brown urged po­lice of­fi­cers to seek help from friends, col­leagues, pro­fes­sional coun­sel­lors and God, when they faced men­tal and emo­tional crises.

Thompson’s death fol­lows last Tues­day’s mur­der of Con­sta­ble Lyn­don Bar­rett, who was shot in the head and up­per body while on pa­trol in down­town Kingston, and the killing of 24-year-old Con­sta­ble Crys­tal Thomas who was shot on a bus af­ter leav­ing work on Tues­day, July 14.

Both worked at the Den­ham Town Po­lice Sta­tion in west-cen­tral Kingston.

Po­lice Cor­po­ral Ty­rone Thompson ap­pears to have taken his own life.

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