A Jamaican man, who was a purportedly observed by members of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) with a gun, was shot and killed on Friday, January 6.

In a report from the Cayman Compass, the dead man, identified as 34-year-old Norval Barrett, immigrated to the Cayman Islands illegally.

According to RCIPS Commissioner David Byrne, the suspect was the subject of a search warrant being served in the Windsor Park area of George Town around 5:30 am, yesterday.

Subsequent police accounts of the incident state that Barrett reportedly exited the door of a residence on Theresa Drive with a firearm. It was at this moment, two RCIPS armed officers fired “a number of shots”, injuring the suspect.

Commissioner Byrne said he could not confirm whether the suspect had fired any shots at police, however the firearm recovered by police at the scene was loaded.

Barrett was transported to hospital and pronounced dead at 6:16 am, police said.

Barrett’s death is being blotted as the first fatal police officer-involved shooting in Cayman since at least the 1980’s.