A police officer was reportedly shot dead in Central Village, St Catherine on Monday night (July 3).

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The name of the police officer has not yet been released to the public, but he was attached to the Mobile Reserve.

At approximately 9:05 pm, the officer, who was off duty at the time, was reportedly walking along Hamilton Drive in Central Village when he was attacked and shot.

The criminals who carried out the attack,reportedly escaped from the area.

Residents summoned the police after hearing explosions.

Police responded and later found the injured policeman. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.