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Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

PC Dean Yearwood Jr. and COMPOL Allan WhylieSenior officers in the police department held a press conference on Monday, September 9th to clear up misconceptions and rumors surrounding the shooting death of police constable Dean Yearwood. Commissioner of Police, Allan Whylie, started off the press conference publicly expressing his condolences to family members of PC 1341 Dean Yearwood.

According to the police sometime around 1:05 on Sunday morning, September 8th, they went to an area at the Corner of Nargusta Street and Central American Boulevard where they found 24 year old PC Yearwood  suffering from a gunshot wound. He had a gunshot to the back. Also found in a yard a few feet away was another man identified as 21 year old Brian Vasquez. He was suffering from a gunshot wound also to the back. Investigations so far indicate that at around 1:00a.m P.C. Glen Wayne Grant was riding his bicycle on Central American Boulevard when his attention was drawn to two men struggling at the corner of Nargusta and Central American Boulevard during which gunshots were fired. He pulled out his service 9 millimeter pistol and fired several shots at the men. Eleven expended shells were recovered from the scene.

When the scene was processed they recovered a .38 revolver with 4 expended shells next to Yearwood's body. Grant's service revolver was taken from him. It had in it 5 live rounds. Police say both officers were authorized to be carrying the firearms. They have not indicated who it was that shot Vasquez but did indicate that Yearwood was shot by Grant.

A criminal and internal investigation has now been launched into the shooting. Meanwhile, Grant has been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations in which the DPP is involved. Grant is also receiving psychological treatment.

Commissioner Whylie says the department is reviewing the protocols of firearm use within the police department.