Police officer justified in 2010 shooting death, inquest finds

Jurors took less than an hour to rule a fatal police shooting justified, after an officer fired at an armed robbery suspect who charged at him with a knife.

Police Constable Jovan Jervis killed Lanes Sylvius on August 23, 2010, when he failed to drop his weapon and rushed toward the officer, the inquest heard.

Sylvius was suspected of the armed robberies of two bus drivers and their passengers in the Pinewood Gardens area earlier that day.

Jervis and his partner, Corporal Angela Johnson, returned to the scene at Bay Geranium Avenue with one of the robbery victims, who identified Sylvius as the assailant.

Jervis jumped out of the police car and identified himself to Sylvius, who fled.

Johnson followed in her police cruiser and saw when Sylvius ran on the side of an abandoned building, with Jervis in pursuit.

Johnson recalled, “I stopped the car, parked it and as I was proceeding, I heard Officer Jervis instruct the man to stop once again. In his hand, the suspect had a silver object which I later identified as a knife. He turned around and went to attack Officer Jervis. Being in fear for his life, Officer Jervis pulled his revolver and fired several shots.”

Lennox Coleby represented Jervis and Wendawn Miller appeared for Sylvius’ estate.

Anishka Rolle-Missick marshaled the evidence.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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