Police Launch Top-Level Probe Into Pastor’s Shooting Death

The Police High Command has assigned a special team to investigate yesterday’s slaying of Minister of Religion James Johnson, on the compound of the Church of God of Prophecy on Old Harbour Road in St. Catherine.

The 29-year-old Minister was in an office at the church when he was attacked by a gunman at about 5pm and shot several times.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Selvin Haye said a team from the Major Investigative Division has been assigned to find the gunman. He said investigators are exploring several theories.

Chairman of the Spanish Town Area Committee for the Church of God of Prophecy and the Spanish Town Revival, Bishop Rohan Edwards, has described Mr Johnson’s killing as very troubling. He said: “The church has to stand up and we are not backing down. Violence and murder must be stopped in this country. We have to rise up stronger than we were before. We have to send a message to the gunmen and those who are intent on destroying this nation that we are not putting up with it.”

Meanwhile, as tributes continue to pour in for the slain pastor, Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Kamina Johnson Smith called on Jamaicans to support the efforts of the state in the fight against crime. Speaking in the Senate on Friday she said it was frightening that criminals no longer considered any space sacred to the extent that they would seek to carry out a killing in a church. She said Jamaicans should throw their full support behind the States of Emergency and the Zones of Special Operations and help the government to fully arrest the crime problem.

The police are asking anyone with information to contact the Spanish Town Police, the MID or 119.

By Franklin McKnight




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