Police release details of medical doctor's murder

The police are continuing investigations into the fatal shooting of Dr Garth Officer, who was shot outside his office on Charlton Avenue in St. Andrew on Saturday afternoon.

Officer, 72, was shot several times, shortly after 4pm as he drove up to his office which is also his home.

 Head of Crime for the Area Five Headquarters, Superintendent Derrick Champagnie, told RJR News that Dr. Officer was attacked by two men on a motorcycle.

“He was pounced upon by two men, who opened fire through the windshield of the Mitsubishi motor car that he was driving, the scene was processed and a total of eight 9mm bullets were taken from the scene.”

He says nothing was stolen from the doctor. 

This was second time this month that Dr. Officer had been attacked

“On the 7th of March, this doctor was held up and robbed by two men who went to his medical practice at the same address where they stole a quantity of cash, medical equipment, his computer and his 2000 Toyota Camry motor car. None of these items have been recovered….”

He said several persons were picked up in relation to the robbery but were released because of a lack of evidence.

Superintendent Champagnie says the police believe the two attacks against Dr. Officer are connected.

He is appealing for anyone with information to contact the police.

 Medical Association of Jamaica reacts to killing

Meanwhile, President of the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ),  Dr. Myrton Smith, is expressing concern about recent attacks on doctors in Jamaica.

He is urging all members of the medical fraternity to ensure their safety at all times.

“Whenever we hear about one of our members being gunned down in the prime of their life, we are concerned. We have constantly reminded our members to take every precaution - to be aware or vigilant, whenever they have concerns to make contact with the police or a private security company to arrange for their own personal security. It is always sad when this happens as these are usually productive members of the society who have been taken out in their prime,” Smith said.

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