A Briton who had been embroiled in a ‘bitter’ family dispute over properties left to him by his late mother has been shot dead in Jamaica, local media reported.
Michael Brown, 48, was shot and killed in his bed while visiting relatives in Mike Town, Manchester, early Thursday morning.
Police reports said Brown was in an unfinished section of a house in the community and was attacked by gunmen around 12:20 p.m. Thursday.
His death brings to two the number of Britons killed on the Caribbean island this year.
Michael Brown (pictured), 48, from Waterford, was shot and killed while visiting relatives in Mike Town, on the outskirts of Mandeville in Manchester, early Thursday morning
Brown, also known as “Jimmy”, was shot and injured in the upper body during the attack. He was rushed to Mandeville Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Citing “community sources”, Jamaican radio station Nationwide 90FM said Brown had been embroiled in a “bitter” family dispute over several properties his recently deceased mother left him in her will in the island nation.
The station reported that the dispute escalated between Brown and those close to him on Wednesday, and a heated argument ensued.
Police have opened an investigation into the shooting and are taking statements.
Detectives are now investigating whether Brown was killed in connection with the feud, according to local reports.
Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, Brown was in bed when he was shot, just four days after putting his 74-year-old mother to rest.
Manchester Police Chief Superintendent Shane McCalla told the local newspaper that police had already intervened in the family dispute, which is believed to have been going on since 2015.
Local television reports showed the image, believed to be of Mr Brown. Police reports say Mr Brown, also known as ‘Jimmy’, drove to an unfinished section of his home in the community and was attacked by gunmen around 12.20pm Thursday.
‘Til last night [January 18]the police had to intervene in a domestic dispute between [relatives]. All necessary steps have been taken, people have been notified,” McCalla said. She told reporters the dispute involved five homes.
“The dispute dates back to 2015 and it is various properties, not only located [in Mike Town]but in other parts of Manchester, around five houses in total,” she said.
Law enforcement sources said two of Brown’s relatives have been arrested, the Observer reported, and are persons of interest.
McCalla told the newspaper that the officer questioned relatives “for hours.”
Reporters from the Observer visited the home and said they found grieving relatives, who shed light on the dispute.
One said Brown’s late mother suffered because of the argument, saying even she was attacked at one point and kicked out of her house naked.
“This is a despicable crime and we are looking at all lines during investigations. This man was from England and came to look after his new home he was building and to visit his family,’ a police spokesman said.
“Obviously he was a hard-working man. We intend to bring those responsible to justice. they added: “We will catch those responsible.
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Brown is the second Briton to be shot dead in Jamaica this year after Sean Patterson, 33, a personal trainer from Shepherd’s Bush, west London, was found with gunshot wounds to the upper body and head in St James, earlier in January.
Brown is the second Briton to be shot in Jamaica this year after Sean Patterson (pictured), 33, a personal trainer from Shepherd’s Bush, west London, was found with gunshot wounds to the upper body and thigh headed to St James earlier in January.
Patterson, a personal trainer, was shot and killed outside the guesthouse where he was staying, pictured, in Jamaica Witnesses said they heard ‘explosions’
Speaking at the time, Jamaica Police Deputy Commissioner Fitz Bailey called it a “contract murder emanating from Britain”.
In a video statement, Bailey went on to say that Patterson arrived in Jamaica on December 29 with another man also from London. The couple had spent several days in an apartment before moving into the Bogue Hill villa on New Year’s Day.
Later that day, Mr Patterson and the man staying with him met a third person from Kingston, and the three stayed at the guest house in separate rooms.
It was around noon the next day that Mr Patterson and the Jamaican man went to the villa’s pool deck, and a ‘lone man in a black hoodie’ was seen shooting , Mr. Bailey said.