The man who turned himself into the police following the shooting death of Constable Shane Francis, has been released from custody.
Reports are that the man, whose father is a former policeman, stated that his action was purely in self-defense. Statements from witnesses are said to have corroborated the shooter’s explanation. The man, whose name is being withheld, was reportedly released on Tuesday following a question-and-answer session by detectives attached to the Major Investigation Division.
A file will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling.
The 30 year old policeman, who has been accused of being trigger-happy, was shot at a party in White River, Ocho Rios, St. Ann last week Sunday. It is reported that he had an altercation with the patron, who is a licensed firearm holder. The Constable was shot in the chest and hip. This would have been the third shooting that Francis has been involved in.
Investigators say the man claimed he acted in self-defense after being attacked by Constable Harris. While there has been an outpouring of grief from family and friends of Francis, there has also been overwhelming relief and even joy from other quarters at the news of his death.