Questions over cop killer’s death in jail

The Department of Correctional Services at Fox Hill. (File photo)

The Department of Correctional Services at Fox Hill. (File photo)


ANDREW Omar Davis


Tribune Senior Reporter


ANDREW Omar Davis, a 43-year-old convicted of the 1999 murder of Constable Jimmy Ambrose and the attempted murder of Marcian Scott, died at the Department of Correctional Services on Wednesday night after complaining about shortness of breath.

A person close to him who declined to give her identity, said Davis began complaining of illness on Saturday and believed prison officials did little to address his concerns.

“He told me they say don’t bring him in the medical area because people there have COVID,” she said.

“But he said the medical people were monitoring him. Sunday he told me he was having chills and had no appetite and that when he tried eating things it had no taste.

“Wednesday he called me and said he feeling a little better but he wasn’t talking much, he said he still couldn’t breathe. He WhatsApp me (at) 6.19pm that day and said the fever coming back again and that he would call me back.

“It was like he was trying to catch himself but couldn’t. Someone then called me and said he collapsed and was lying on the floor for an hour before anyone came and get him. They say when they lift him he was foaming from the mouth and he was unresponsive and they took him to medical.”

People close to Davis believe he was not given proper attention in the prison. One person said they were prevented from taking him his prescribed medication earlier this summer. The prison has been on lockdown since March because of COVID-19.

Bahamas Department of Corrections Commissioner Charles Murphy did not answer The Tribune’s calls or respond to messages before press time yesterday.

In a voice note Davis sent from prison to someone close to him before he died, he complained about trembling and being unable to breathe. In a separate voice note, he accused officials of “running a game around”.

In another voice note he said: “They ain’t giving me nothing. I send the commissary list and nothing on it healthy for me. They playing a game man. I feel bad bey, this fever killing me, you know? Like I weak, weak, weak, I can’t press no button, man my bones and my hip bone.”

Detective Constable Ambrose, an officer in plainclothes, was shot and killed in 1999 outside a night club after a fight between two rival groups broke out.

During the fight, a young man ran out of the club and approached D/C Ambrose and Scott. A short time later four men came to the club’s entrance and exchanged words with the young man.

D/C Ambrose instructed the young man to go to the police station, but the four men shot in their direction.

Scott hid behind a car and eventually made his way to the door of the club. He claimed he looked back and saw both Stubbs and Davis shoot Constable Ambrose.

Stubbs and Davis were first convicted in May 2002 but their convictions were overturned on appeal. In a second retrial in July 2013, the men were convicted of murder and attempted murder.


trueBahamian 2 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like he had Covid-19. To be frank, it's difficult to express sympathy on the passing of a coldblooded killer. His family wishes to be heard as the prison didn't address his needs. They are right. But, should society fight for the rights of someone who took lives? Should we fight to ensure that every need they have is addressed? Should we? It's cold tonsay, but our society is a shithile.because of crime.

Instead of recognizing this loss, we need to recognize the people he killed.


ThisIsOurs 2 years, 11 months ago

well he had an appeal out and according to the daughter he claimed when he got out he was going to be straight because he didn't do the crime. I'm assuming that means...well..I'll leave that there.


JokeyJack 2 years, 11 months ago

Amazing the way people are treated in our country's Christian prison system.


nassau98@aol.com 2 years, 11 months ago

I totally agree with the comments above.


ThisIsOurs 2 years, 11 months ago

"the fever coming back again and that he would call me back"

that should have been a big red flag to Mr Murphy. There are numerous accounts of COVID patients feeling better then the virus coming back with a double whammy. Sounds like they did very little to help him


joeblow 2 years, 11 months ago

There are several issues here including the provision of PPE's for prison officers. How many would have risked their lives trying to render assistance if they were not properly equipped? More information is needed before coming to any conclusion!

Hopefully there will be a coroners inquest into this unfortunate death, but I can't help but wonder if prisoners are supposed to have cell phones while in prison!


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