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Freeport escapee shot dead by cops

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 2:05 PMChristopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas - Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

Accused murderer Kelvin Hodges, one of the six inmates who escaped from the Freeport lock-up, in Montego Bay, last November, was shot and killed in an alleged confrontation with the St James police in the usually tranquil district of Chatham, on Thursday.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Steve McGregor, of the St James police high command, told The Gleaner that Hodges, who was facing four counts of murder at the time of his escape, challenged the police, who were on operations in the area, and was killed.

"One of the escapees, who challenged the police in Chatham, Adelphi district (Thursday) was shot and killed and a firearm taken away from him;" said McGregor. "He is Kelvin Hodges, the man that was responsible for that gruesome quadruple murder in Cambridge, ironically committed in March last year."

In the incident in Cambridge, which occurred on March 18 , eight-year-old Shaya Prince, her mother Lois Watson, her stepfather Junior Scott and family friend Kemali Walker, were all killed at their home in Richmond Hill, Cambridge.

"So now it is four of them off the street, and there are two still outstanding," said McGregor, in reference to the six escapees. "We have a team that is specifically designated to go after these escapees... now we only have two out there, so we are doing a lot of work."

The other men who escaped custody along with Hodges were: Benjamin Stephenson, Shaniel Luton, Randy Murray, Marcus Robinson, and Gregory Roberts.

Stephenson, who was charged with murder, was shot and killed during a confrontation with police in Spring Mount, St James, on December 11, 2015. Murray, who was charged with illegal possession of firearm, and Roberts, who was charged with robbery with aggravation, were both recaptured during police operations in Westmoreland and St Thomas between December 12 and 13.

Luton, who was charged with murder, and Robinson, charged with illegal possession of firearm, are the two men still at large.