Sunday, May 05, 2013 5:42 pm
Jamaica police say constable slain in crime area
The Associated Press
The high command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force says Constable Michael Townsend was slain Sunday near May Pen in Clarendon parish. Police have declined to immediately provide any further details, saying that further information will be released later.
The Jamaica Observer newspaper says Townsend was killed in a gun attack, possibly as he was visiting friends or relatives.
The island of 2.7 million people had 1,087 homicides last year. Most of Jamaica's violence takes place in rough slums, with tourist resorts largely crime-free.