POLICE investigating the murder of a Brit in Jamaica shot in his bed have arrested two family members.
Michael Brown, 48, was involved in a bitter eight-year family feud over property, say cops on the island.
The victim – known as Jimmy – was shot at 12.20am on Thursday in Mike Town, just days after his 74-year-old mum’s funeral.
He sustained gunshot wounds to his upper body and was rushed to hospital in nearby Mandeville, where he was pronounced dead.
A family member told the Jamaica Observer he was killed in his bed.
Superintendent Shane McCalla said two of the dead man’s relatives have been arrested.
The officer revealed that police had tried to help to resolve the long-standing family dispute over property and houses.
He said “persons were warned” when officers intervened on January 18 over the dispute going back to 2015 which concerns “five houses in total”.
But their efforts weren’t enough to prevent Mr Brown’s murder.
Investigators are said to be probing whether he was killed because of that dispute.
A police spokesman said: “This is a despicable crime and we are looking at all lines of inquiry.
“This man was from England and came over to look after his new house which he was building and to visit family.
“From all accounts, he was a hard-working man. We intend to bring to justice those responsible.”
A local resident said there are lots of land and property disputes in Jamaica which sometimes end tragically.
She said: “This young man came over from England to bury his mother and to take care of the house he was building and he will be getting buried himself.
“That is so awful and sad. Coming all this way and you will not be returning.”
Jimmy was killed weeks after another Brit was gunned down in a suspected contract killing.
Sean Patterson, 33, a personal trainer from Shepherd’s Bush, West London, was found with gunshot wounds to his upper body and head in the St James area.
Deputy police commissioner Fitz Bailey called it “a contract killing” that was ordered in the UK.
He said Sean had arrived in Jamaica on December 29 with another man who was also from London.
The pair had spent several days at an apartment before checking into the villa in Bogue Hill on New Year’s Day.
Later that day, Sean and his friend met a third person from Kingston, and all three of them stayed at the guest house in separate rooms.
It was around noon the following day that Sean and the Jamaican man went to the villa’s pool deck, and a “lone man dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt” was seen firing shots.