PCA and PSB launch investigations into police-involved shooting at Courts Megastore

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PCA and PSB launch investigations into police-involved shooting at Courts Megastore

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has launched an investigation into a fatal shooting at the carpark of Courts Megastore in San Juan on Sunday, involving an off-duty cop.

PCA officials visited the Megastore yesterday, which was the scene where an off-duty police officer opened fire on five people in the carpark.

The PCA is also appealing to witnesses and other members of the public who can assist in the investigation to come forward and meet with them.

The off-duty officer, according to investigators close to the TTPS probe, was expected to be questioned about the deadly incident.

Just after midday on Sunday, Sinanya Lessey, 35, her brother Simeon, 33, his wife Kerrey and family friend Nathan Pierre were shot by the off-duty police officer in the carpark of Courts Megastore. The siblings were killed on the spot, while the others were left nursing gunshot injuries.

Initial reports from the TTPS stated the off-duty police officer opened fire during an attempted robbery. But relatives of the siblings alleged Sinanya went to demand her money back from a man who claimed he could provide her with household appliances and furniture at a discounted price. She reportedly handed over $11,000 to the man. Sinanya had been employed at the House of Angostura, Laventille, for the last ten years.

ASP Daniel Hernandez is spearheading the TTPS investigation, even as the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) and the PCA conduct simultaneous investigations.