Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2021. 4:42 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: A family member who claims to have been the last person other than Jasmine Hartin to speak to 42-year-old Superintendent of Police Henry Jemmott insists that he had to have been murdered, that he wasn’t contemplating suicide.
According to the family, a post mortem examination has confirmed the single gunshot wound to the back of the head behind the right ear was the result of a homicide – not an accident, not a suicide. But this has yet to be confirmed and we are awaiting that confirmation.
The question is, how? Hartin, partner to Andrew Ashcroft, mother of his two children, and a hotel employee on the island of Ambergris Caye, was confirmed by police to have been found splattered by blood, pacing, emotional, and distraught. She allegedly suggested to first responders that the bullet may have come from a passing boat.
One firearm, make and calibre not described, were recovered from the scene, and have been confirmed to be Department-issued to Jemmott himself.
Hartin and Jemmott were friends and had been drinking after curfew hours – unusual for a cop respected by all who knew him. Both were fully clothed, police reported.
Jemmott’s sister Marie told Channel 7 News that she knew of no relationship between the pair, but that Jemmott, a former officer-in-charge on the island, would visit family there when called.
But as to any thought that whatever weighed on Jemmott’s mind early Friday morning, or any conversation with Hartin, would have caused him to kill himself, Marie said simply, “bull.” “My brother had a passion for life, he looks forward for his children, his 5 children and his fiancée and me and the other family members. I believe he was killed.”
She added that he was in his room on the island when they spoke earlier in the night, and so she cannot say why he had gone back out.
“I believe he was killed. The investigation can tell me otherwise, but I believe he was killed. He was already in his room when we spoke. Why was he out there, why was he – I don’t know.”
His boss, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, has no idea either, going so far as to say that if perhaps the pair had stayed at their homes, Jemmott would not have met his untimely end.
Police investigations continue at this hour.
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