Mark Gibbs, a police inspector, was killed yesterday evening in a hit-and-run accident outside the Clark’s Town Police Station. The accident occurred at about 5 pm.
The Clark’s Town police regularly have checks right at the gate of the station for vehicles coming into Clark’s Town from a westerly direction.
According to police reports, the motorist disobeyed the order, swerved in the direction of Gibbs and struck him down. He died on his way to hospital.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called on the the police to use all their investigative power to bring the person responsible to justice.
The driver has since been apprehended.
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
A police inspector is now dead after he was hit by motorist during a spot check in Clarke’s Town, Trelawny earlier this afternoon.
The inspector, Mark Gibbs, had more than 30 years of service in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
He was conducting a spot check when he signalled to the driver of a burgundy motor car to stop.
The driver disobeyed the order, hitting the policeman about 5 o’clock this afternoon.
Inspector Gibbs’ death has left police personnel in western Jamaica mourning.
“Inspector Gibbs was everybody’s friend, he made everybody laugh. We are torn. This one is very painful,” said once of his colleagues.
A police sergeant who worked with Gibbs while he was stationed in St. James, said, the news had left him in shock.
The inspector is from a family of police personnel with sisters and brothers still serving in the force.
The police have launched a search for the perpetrator.