RESIDENTS of Grant's Pen in St Andrew yesterday mounted roadblocks in the community in protest against the fatal shooting of a man by the police in the community.
The dead man, who has since been identified as 18-year-old Anthony Litchmore, was shot and killed on Frederick Avenue.
The police have alleged that a team was heading to an assignment when they saw Litchmore and another man walking along a gully towards Markland Drive in the Kingston 8 area.
The lawmen stopped their vehicle and the men allegedly pointed guns at them.
"The man who was walking behind Litchmore reportedly fired two shots at them and ran towards the direction from which he came along the gully," the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) reported the police as saying. The investigative body has launched a probe into the shooting.
The report further stated that the policemen returned fire and Litchmore was hit. He was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he died while being treated.
But yesterday, the residents refuted the police's version of the incident, claiming that Litchmore was walking along the gully peeling an orange when he was accosted by the police officers travelling in a motor car.
"The police reportedly told him to put his hands in the air. While his hands were in the air, the eyewitnesses claim that one of the policemen shot Litchmore three times in the stomach and he fell to the ground," one woman claimed.
The roadblocks were later cleared by the police.
Meantime, INDECOM has invited anyone with information that can help with its investigation to call its office.