A British man, shot dead in Jamaica was engaged in a family feud about an inheritance his late mother gave him it has emerged.
While visiting family in Mike Town, Manchester, in the early hours of January 19, 48-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed while lying in bed.
According to a police complaint, Brown was shot by gunmen at around 12.20 am on Thursday when he was in an unfinished portion of a house in the neighborhood.
Brown, commonly known as “Jimmy,” was shot in the upper torso during the assault. He was taken in an ambulance to the Mandeville Regional Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.
Jamaican radio station Nationwide 90FM said that Brown was embroiled in a “bitter” family quarrel over his recently deceased mother had left to him in her will in the island nation.
According to the station, Brown and his family’s conflict intensified on Wednesday and resulted in a heated exchange. The incident is the subject of a police investigation, and they are gathering statements.
According to local sources, detectives are currently looking into whether Brown’s death had anything to do with the dispute.
Brown told the Jamaica Observer that he had just buried his mother, who was 74 years old, four days before to being shot while he was in bed.
Superintendent Shane McCalla, the chief of the Manchester police, revealed to a nearby newspaper that the police had previously intervened in the family feud, which is said to have been ongoing since 2015.
Fitz Bailey, the deputy commissioner of the Jamaica Constabulary at the time, described it as “a contract killing that sprang from Britain.”
Bailey continued in a Update statement that Patterson had landed in Jamaica on December 29 together with a man who was also from London. Before moving into the villa in Bogue Hill on New Year’s Day, the duo had spent several days at an apartment.
Later that day, Mr. Patterson and the man staying with him met a third guest from Kingston, and the three of them all booked separate rooms at the inn.
The Jamaican guy and Mr. Patterson proceeded to the villa’s pool deck around noon the following day, and a “lone male clothed in a black hooded sweatshirt” was seen shooting rounds, according to Mr. Bailey.
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