KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday March 21, 2018 – A female police officer who was hailed a hero after shooting a man whom she said tried to steal her car nine months ago, has now been charged with the murder of that man.
Constable Melissa White appeared in court yesterday, hours after being charged with the June 6, 2017 murder of Edward George Brown, and was released on J$500,000 (US$3,977) bail.
She returns to court on April 27.
When Brown was shot last year, it was reported that White had stopped at a traffic light when two men, one armed with a rifle and another with a pistol, attempted to steal her car. She said she challenged the gunmen and one of them, Brown, was shot and injured. He subsequently died in hospital.
While Brown was hailed a hero, an investigation conducted by the Inspectorate of the Constabulary and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) found that what unfolded was not as reported.
CCTV footage and eyewitness statements obtained by investigators revealed that the Brown had stolen a bottle of olive oil from a supermarket and was running when he was shot by the policewoman.