A man who was killed during a gun battle with police was lawfully killed, a coroner’s jury ruled.
Akeem Thompson, 22, of Pinewood Gardens, died on May 20, 2017, after he was shot twice by Constable Avard Rolle.
Rolle was part of an operation team on Shrimp Road off Carmichael Road when Thompson and another man passed the checkpoint in a dark-gray Honda Stream, license plate number 252587.
Rolle signaled to the driver to stop but he refused to stop and led the officers on a high-speed chase.
The pursuit ended when the Honda Stream, which had been reported stolen three weeks prior, crashed into a fence in the Pride Estates community, the jury heard.
That’s when Thompson, who was armed with an AK-47, and another man with a handgun, got out of the vehicle and fired at the officers, according to the evidence.
Rolle returned fire. Thompson and the other man jumped a nearby fence that led to a track road—but Thompson fell to the ground as he had been shot.
The man who was with Thompson was not wounded and he ran away. Rolle and another officer pursued the suspect who was dressed in a green shirt and dark trousers but they could not catch him.
Bjorn Ferguson represented Rolle.