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