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Veteran entertainer Brigadier Jerry facing gun-related charges in US

Published:Thursday | November 14, 2019 | 3:25 PM
Veteran dancehall entertainer Robert "Brigadier Jerry" Russell - File photo

Veteran dancehall entertainer, Brigadier Jerry, is facing multiple charges, including illegal discharge of a firearm, after an incident at a restaurant in Connecticut in the United States on Monday evening.

Brigadier Jerry has also reportedly been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree reckless endangerment, carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal transfer of a pistol and altering a serial number on a firearm.

According to reports from rep-am.com, the police indicated that the 62-year-old artiste, whose real name is Robert Russell, was involved in a game of cards at Bertie’s West Indian and American restaurant when he suspected that someone had stolen his wallet.

Brigadier Jerry, the police reportedly informed, left the restaurant, then returned armed with a gun, which he used to "fire off the shot into a wall, sending the card players scattering for the exit".

Allegations are that the veteran artiste grabbed cash off the card table, then walked out, climbed into a black BMW and drove away.

No one was injured.

He was later arrested and released on a US$250,000 bond.

Who is Brigadier Jerry?

Brigadier Jerry recorded for Studio One during the 1980s and had his first hits with producer Delroy Stansbury on the Jwyanza label in 1982.

These included Pain (on the Answer/Never Let Go riddim) and Gwan a School. In 1983, he released his first album, which was a recording of a live performance, Live at the Controls.

His first studio album, Jamaica, Jamaica, was released in 1985.

He has recorded many albums and continues to put out an occasional single, but is chiefly a live performer.

Brigadier Jerry forged a path for those who followed, focusing on subject matters that were nearly always spiritual and cultural in nature, mixed with a sense of humour.

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