INDECOM to guide investigations into fatal shooting of 14 y/o in Manchester

The Independent Commission of Investigations INDECOM says it will provide guidance on the investigative process into the death of 14-year-old Mikhail Simpson and the wounding of his brother.

The high school student was killed in a shooting incident involving the Police in Manchester yesterday.

According to INDECOM, it has been advised of the high emotions resulting from the incident, and the guidance is aimed at allaying any concern that citizens may have.

INDECOM says Director of Complaints for the Central Region, Dave Lewin led a team which conducted a scene revisit and community engagement as a result of a shooting incident in Williamsfield, Manchester yesterday.

A statement from INDECOM explains that according to Police reports officers on duty engaged a vehicle as the driver disobeyed orders to stop.

One Officer reportedly fired several rounds in the direction of the fleeing vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle received wounds to his face, while the passenger in the vehicle, succumbed to wounds received.

No firearm was reported as recovered from the incident scene.

INDECOM says its Investigators were advised that no body worn camera was issued or used during this incident.

The concerned officers will be required to provide statements to INDECOM as well as attend the Office of the Commission, to be interviewed in relation to the incident. No initial report was provided by either of the two concerned officers.

INDECOM’s forensic personnel examined, processed and packaged the evidential material recovered from the incident scene.

Gunshot residue swabs were taken for DNA testing and the body of the deceased was photographed and sealed, pending post mortem examination.

INDECOM is reminding the public of the importance of independent information in the investigative process, and where photos, videos, or information is available in incidents involving members of the security forces, it should be made available and shared with INDECOM.

This information should be shared via INDECOM’s new WhatsApp number (876)553-0000 or persons may contact the Office of the Commission.

Year to date, 66 persons have been shot and killed by the Security Forces with 11 occurring in June.


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