“Mi jus see people start jump through de windows. De man jus a swing de knife and a cuss some whole heap a bad word. Wen de police hold him and a carry him to the service vehicle, de bwoy jus wheel round n grab on to the policeman gun and dem tussle, him squeeze off one and the policeman jump back, and then him fire one shot inna him head. U wah see the policeman partner tek foot!” the passenger recalled.
Police reports confirm that Constable Leighton Hanson was responding to a robbery on the bus that plies Spanish Town to Half Way Tree and upon taking the man to the service vehicle ,a tussle ensued and he was disarmed and shot and killed with his own service pistol.
A Jamaica Defence Force soldier who was passing and observed what was happening, shot the man who later succumbed to his injuries.