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St James cops kill four last weekend

Published:Tuesday | March 1, 2016 | 3:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

The St James police were kept busy over the weekend as they engaged in gun battles with criminals in two separate incidents that resulted in four men being killed and four illegal guns being seized.

Two of the dead men have been identified as Shavoy Lawrence and Jamar Reid, both of Flanker addresses in Montego Bay. The identities of the other two men have not been ascertained.

"All the shootings were as a result of police coming in contact with criminals, and it resulted that the police came out on the better end," said Senior Superintendent of Police Steve McGregor, the commanding officer for the St James Police Division. "We seized four guns in the two incidents."

In the first incident, which took place in the Church Hill area of Flanker on Saturday, at

5 p.m., Lawrence and Reid were shot and killed during a confrontation with officers patrolling the area.

"There was a double fatal shooting in the Flanker community where my officers were challenged and two men were shot and two firearms taken. There were continued shootings in that area, so we had a strong presence, and out of that presence, the fatal shooting took place," McGregor explained.

In the second incident, which took place on Sunday at approximately 2 p.m., a group of men were in the process of robbing a business establishment in Montego Bay when they were challenged by the police. In an ensuing gun battle, two of the would-be robbers were killed.

"Yesterday (Sunday), about 2 p.m., some men robbed a shop, an establishment run by some Chinese nationals, on the corner of Orange Street and William Street, and my foot patrol that was in proximity challenged the men," McGregor outlined. "Two of them were shot and killed by my police, and two firearms were recovered there. The money they stole was also recovered in that incident."

While most sections of the police division across the island have been relatively quiet since the start of the year, St James has been a hotbed of criminality. The parish currently leads the nation in homicides in 2016.