Are Cops/Ex-cops with personal issues on a killing rampage?

April 18th, 2011

What is going on with these members & ex-members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)? It seems to me that several of them are having personal dilemmas, which have become too much for them to handle. It is so sad, that they felt that the only way to solve their problems was to take the lives of others.

It was only a little over a week ago that Detective Corporal Wayne Llewellyn (who was attached to the Accident Reconstruction Unit in Area 3 -Manchester, St Elizabeth and Clarendon) shot and injured his wife, Joanne. Shot and killed his mother-in-law Rachel Brown, 79; father-in-law Voldy Brown, 73; brother-in- law, Fitzroy Townsend and his 16-year-old stepdaughter, Jorgihan Flynn. After he committed this horrendous crime, he then turned the gun on himself.

Media reports indicate that Llewellyn was having some marital problems which evidently pushed him off the deep end. Several Jamaicans found it very hard to believe that the same weapon that should have been used to protect and serve was instead used to commit these murders.

Nevertheless, less than two weeks later, a similar incident has taken place. On April 18, 2011, a woman corporal, her son and the father of her child were all murdered by 58-year-old ex-police sergeant, Osbourne Whitton, who then committed suicide.

The victims are: 43-year-old woman corporal Bevon Hutchinson-Anderson, 45-year-old Rohan Shaw and their 12-year-old Keinon Shaw. Reports indicate that Corporal Hutchinson-Anderson previously had a relationship with Whitton.

Personally, I believe that while you may have intimate issues with persons you have been with, or are currently involved with, nobody has the right to take another person’s life. There is no excuse in my mind for intentionally murdering someone to fulfill whatever personal desire you have. For those who wish to justify the act, I do not agree with you at all. They both killed innocent children and that is just not alright in my book at all.

What is your opinion? What measures do you think could be put in place to stem incidents of this nature? It’s time again to have your say…

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10 Responses to “Are Cops/Ex-cops with personal issues on a killing rampage?”

  1. Beverly says:

    Are Cops/Ex-cops with personal issues on a killing rampage?

    No, I do not think it is necessarily so.

    I do think that they (the cops, ex-cops) are people who have easy access to a firearm.

    When people are angry/hurt/vengeful any available weapon becomes useful to their twisted calculating mind.
    Very, very sad.

  2. Omugabe says:

    The cops are trained to kill!
    And what is new here? Cops killing family members? Why not?
    Why should the family of police be a different kind of victim than the other Jamaicans that police kill with great regularity?

    Ja cops have been acting as judge, jury and EXECUTIONER to COUNTLESS INNOCENT Jamaicans for the longest time.
    And some Jamaicans have even been foolishly supporting the executions by police; so much so that police rarely, if ever, answer for the killing of INNOCENT Jamaicans.

    So if police are going to feel encouraged & justified in killing, then better for them to practice on family and themselves FIRST!

    Unfortunately, it takes this kind of police self-immolation to get the attention of too many of the violence-loving Jamaicans: Give police a license to kill humans, AND NO ONE, BUT NO ONE, WILL SAFE from the police! lol

  3. Canute White says:

    No, I believe it is what I would call a ‘Profession Coincidence’. It is a matter of individual and not Police- or any other profession for that matter – therefore the issue of association with cops must be discontinued. The circumstances as we heard in the media are practical issues of individuals – not unique to cops. People psychological profiles need to be considered at all level and in all profession. I was trained as a counselling psychologist and my office is not as busy as the doctor with whom I share office because people are more concern about their physical than their mental – one will kill you and one will not kill you. They need to know that the mental will cause your death or someone’s death.

  4. Winston says:

    NO, NO, NO, I would NEVER agree with such suggestion. Things like these will happen at times. People in this life FLIP once in a while, and that is what happened in these cases. It happened in UK, USA, CANADA and other countries and not only Jamaica alone.
    DON’T ever look at this and say ALL Jamaican police officers are of this type or thinking.
    When certain things happen, it is for a reason, and such reason will HELP others to overcome their difficulties. THIS is the kind of world we are living in today, and nothing should ever come as a surprise. 99% of Jamaican police would never do this, therefore credit must be given to them on this one.
    LIFT up the JCF each and everyone, so that we do not see such things happening again, BUT for sure they are NOT on such a mission, or even bent that way. Commissioner Ellington is a very good leader, and for sure he know how to take care of things like this. Keep the good work going Commi and JCF. Thanks alot.

  5. jackie says:

    i disagree. the police should seek help but if they going to kill themselves then they leave their family members alone.

  6. jackie says:

    A simple solution let them log in/out their firearms when they are on/off. Perhaps a lot of lives would be safe them.

  7. Bob says:

    I don’t think so!.. I believe that just like a car or a airplane accident where none of us know when and where it was going to happen . This is just one of those things!..
    these guys and their victims have reached the end of the rope that were allotted in life!..

    case in point two weeks ago they fished out a woman and her two young kids from the river, with temperature that none of you would survive, you are talking freezing water ,

    The mother was in her early 30ts and one of the kid was just 14 months old and the other one was 5years old.
    the mother and the five year old died and the 14 month old survive!..

    So as I always said , as much as it sound heartless. that no matter what , when your time comes no one cant stop it. Whether its by the hands of some one else or by nature !. its your time and you have to go!..

    We should start to wake up to reality knowing that death is the only guaranteed none discrimination thing that exist!…
    It does not give you invitation, rendez-vous = “appointment” nor does it give you deadlines!.

  8. Damali Sommersell says:

    OKAY AS SAD AS THESE SITUATIONS ARE; YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE EX-SERGEANT SNAPPED, HE OBVIOUSLY COULD NOT HANDLE THE STRESS OF BEING THE OTHER GUY. EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A NORMAL THING WOMEN GO THROUGH. ANYWAY IT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED IN THE FIRST PLACE. NOW FOR THE OTHER SITUATION THAT DETECTIVE WAS NOT HAPPY, AND HIS WIFE’S FAMILY WAS WHY. I WISH I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE HOME BUT I DON’T. HOWEVER IN AGREEMENT WITH A FEW OTHER COMMENTORS THINGS LIKE THAT ARE HAPPENING ALL OVER THE WORLD

  9. Shaggy says:

    The problem is that there is no good system thatcan helps cops with problems. We have to move away from the notion that all Jamaican men are tough, we have to share what is going on inside with someone, and the force should have someone in all head station to deal with this problem.

  10. Family says:

    People can say what ever they want to say until it hits home. Losing a love one is one of the hardest things you can ever go through. Regardless of what happen they did not deserve to die that way that was heartless. At the end of the day she was was good person……and I hope that whitton’s hell is three times hotter than anyone else especially for the baby. They all deserve to be here…..RIP FAMILY……

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