Jamaican boy killed during shootout between police, gunmen
Mar. 17, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A 14-year-old Jamaican boy has been found fatally shot inside his home following a shootout between police and gunmen on the street nearby.
An independent agency that probes abuse allegations against Jamaican security forces is investigating the death of Joel Lovelace of August Town, a poor community on the outskirts of Kingston.
Authorities say members of a police patrol exchanged gunfire with gunmen outside a shop. The boy's body was later found in his home with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The officers' weapons were collected and will be analyzed at the government forensic lab. Police did not say Tuesday whether any arrests had been made.
August Town residents allege the boy was killed by police and erected roadblocks in the community after the fatal shooting.