An autopsy on the body of 19 year old Beetham resident Akeil Thomas has revealed that he was shot 10 times by police.
Police reports indicate that at approximately 6.30am a group of officers were conducting an exercise in the community when Thomas, who they accuse of being a gang member, allegedly drew a gun and fired at them.
Police claim Thomas was shot during an exchange of gunfire. An illegal firearm was allegedly recovered on the scene.
However, Thomas’ relatives have disputed police’s claims saying he was unarmed and was executed by police officers whilst seated on a chair in a popular liming spot in the community.
Friends and relatives of the deceased attempted to block the Eastern Main Road, Priority Bus Route and the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in response to the incident but were thwarted by police.
Thomas’ relatives are expected to file a complaint with the Police Complaints Authority (PCA).