A British tourist gunned down in Jamaica while on a luxury holiday died after being shot multiple times.
Sean Patterson, from West London, died after being shot multiple times while he was staying at the One Love Guest House in Bogue Hill, St James, on Monday (January 2).
Officers from Montego Bay Police received reports the 33-year-old personal trainer was standing by the accommodation's on-site pool when witnesses heard “loud explosions”, according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
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Mr Patterson, a British national, was then shot multiple times after a short chase.
The victim was transported to hospital with gunshot wounds to his upper body and head, but was unable to be revived.
A 34-year-old man from Kingston, Jamaica, has been now taken into custody in connection with the incident, according to local media, which reported he had been deported from the United Kingdom in 2013.
A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) spokesperson confirmed to PA they were currently “supporting the family of a British man who died in Jamaica and are in contact with the local authorities”.
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Mr Patterson is understood to have been in the country since December 29.
He is the first person to have been murdered in the parish of St James this year, with the suburban area reporting a total of 198 murders in 2022.
Jamaica as a whole meanwhile reported 1,421 killings out of a total population of 2.8million people at start of December, outpacing the 1,375 killings in the same period last year, a spokesman with Jamaica’s Constabulary Force told The Associated Press.
The prime minister declared a widespread state of emergency last month in response to a surge in gang violence on the island.
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