A Briton involved in a “bitter” family feud over belongings left to him by his late mother has been shot dead in Jamaica, local media reported.
Michael Brown, 48, from Waterford, was shot dead in his bed early Thursday morning while visiting relatives in Mike Town, Manchester.
According to police reports, Brown was in an unfinished part of a house in the community and was ambushed by gunmen around 12:20 a.m. Thursday.
His death brings the number of Britons killed on the Caribbean island this year to two.
Michael Brown (pictured), 48, from Waterford, was shot dead early Thursday morning while visiting relatives in Mike Town, on the outskirts of Mandeville in Manchester
Brown, also known as “Jimmy”, sustained gunshot wounds to the upper body in the attack. He was taken to Mandeville Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Citing “community sources,” Jamaican radio station Nationwide 90FM said Brown was embroiled in a “bitter” family dispute over several possessions his recently deceased mother left him in her will in the island nation.
The broadcaster reported that the dispute between Brown and his relatives escalated Wednesday and a heated argument ensued.
Police have launched an investigation into the shooting and are collecting statements.
Detectives are now investigating whether Brown was killed in connection with the feud, according to local reports.
Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, Brown was lying in bed when he was shot, just four days after laying his 74-year-old mother to rest.
Manchester Police Chief Superintendent Shane McCalla told the local newspaper police had previously intervened in the family dispute, which has reportedly been going on since 2015.
Local TV reports showed this picture, allegedly of Mr Brown. According to police reports, Mr Brown, also known as “Jimmy”, went to an unfinished part of his community home and was ambushed by gunmen around 12.20am on Thursday
‘Until last night [January 18]the police had to intervene in a domestic dispute between [relatives]. All necessary measures have been taken, people have been warned,” McCalla said. She told reporters that the dispute involved five houses.
“The dispute dates back to 2015 and is about various properties, not just location [in Mike Town]but in other areas of Manchester about five houses in total,” she said.
Police sources said two of Brown’s relatives had been taken into custody, the Observer reported, and that they were “persons of interest”.
McCalla told the newspaper the officer questioned loved ones for “hours.”
Observer reporters visited the home and said they found grieving relatives who shed light on the dispute.
One said Brown’s late mother suffered from the argument, claiming that even she was once attacked and chased naked from her home.
“This is a despicable crime and we are reviewing all requests for requests. This man was from England and came over to look after his new house he was building and to visit his family,” a police spokesman said.
“To all appearances he was a hardworking man. We intend to bring those responsible to justice.’ They added: “We will catch those responsible.”
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Brown is the second Briton to be shot dead in Jamaica this year after Sean Patterson, 33, a personal trainer from Shepherd’s Bush, west London, was found in St James’ with gunshot wounds to the torso and head in early January.
Brown is the second Brit to be shot dead in Jamaica this year after Sean Patterson (pictured), 33, a personal trainer from Shepherd’s Bush, west London, was found in St James with gunshot wounds to the torso and head in early January
Patterson, a personal trainer, was shot outside the guest house where he was staying in Jamaica. Witnesses said they heard “explosions”.
Fitz Bailey, deputy commissioner of the Jamaica Constabulary, spoke at the time of a “contract killing that emanated from Great Britain”.
In a video statement, Bailey said Patterson arrived in Jamaica on December 29 with another man, also from London. The couple had spent several days in an apartment before checking into the Bogue Hill mansion on New Year’s Day.
Later that day Mr. Patterson and the man who was staying with him met a third person from Kingston and all three were staying in separate rooms in the guest house.
It was around noon the following day when Mr. Patterson and the Jamaican walked to the villa’s pool deck, and a “lone man in a black hoodie” was seen firing shots, Mr. Bailey said.
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