Police Units Offering Counselling After Murder Suicide

Personnel from the Community Safety and Security Branch and the Chaplaincy Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are this afternoon (Wednesday) offering support to persons affected by an incident on Waltham Park Road, Kingston 11 on Wednesday, April 10.

Police have now identified the couple as Patrick Cowan and his estranged wife, Roulene Clarke Cowan, both correctional officers, dead. Their daughter witnessed the entire incident when Mr Cowan ran after his wife who had exited their car on Waltham Park Road, and shot her dead. He then turned the gun on himself.

The Hunts Bay Police, who are investigating, say information gathered so far suggests that about 7:10 a.m., Cowan shot his wife and then shot himself. A Browning 9mm Pistol loaded with seven 9mm rounds of ammunition was retrieved from the scene. Checks are being made to verify whether Mr. Cowan was a licensed firearm holder.

In the aftermath of the incident, Superintendent Gary Francis, commanding officer for the St. Andrew South Division in which Waltham Park Road is located, urged persons involved in disputes and conflicts, especially domestic issues, to seek help. Noting that the Police have two Domestic Violence Intervention Centres in the corporate area, Superintendent Francis said, “The centres are staffed by trained professionals who can connect persons with additional support systems if necessary so that these issues do not escalate and end in tragedy.”

The centres are located at the Constant Spring Police Station and the Matilda’s Corner Police Station, both in St. Andrew.


Franklin McKnight

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