Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie announced on Wednesday that the files concerning the shooting death of Constable Deon Yearwood have been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl Branker Taitt-Vidal, for her examination and directives.
Meanwhile, Constable Wayne Grant, of Precinct 1, who fired the shots that caused Yearwood’s death, ostensibly in an effort to break up a robbery in progress, remains on administrative leave, and continues to receive counseling with the assistance of the Ministry of Health.
Police reports are that at about 1:30 Sunday morning, September 8, PC Yearwood, a police detective who was dressed in plain clothes, was walking in front of Public’s Supermarket on Central American Boulevard when he was attacked by a robber.
Constable Yearwood, who was armed with his police service revolver, managed to draw his firearm, and fired warning shots in the air.
At the same time, Constable Grant, also in plainclothes, was coming off special duty and was riding his bike on Central American Boulevard and came upon the scene. Grant said he heard shots being fired and saw a struggle.
Police said that Grant then fired at least 11 shots, one of them hitting Yearwood in the back and killing him on the spot.
Yearwood and the accused would-be robber, later identified as Brian Vasquez, who was also shot in the back, were both taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where Yearwood was declared dead on arrival and taken to the morgue, and Vasquez was taken to the Intensive Care Unit, where he was operated upon.
As a consequence of the shot, Vasquez is now paralyzed from the waist down, and one of his lungs has collapsed. He has since been discharged from the KHMH and is recovering at his home.
Yearwood’s family is irate, however, because they fear that nothing will come of his death, because the police have ruled out the charge of murder in their investigation, since they claim there is no evidence to indicate that Constable Grant intentionally killed PC Yearwood.