Search on for gunmen who attacked police with grenades, injuring a cop
Sleuths have launched a hunt for a man who yesterday hurled two grenades at a police team, injuring a cop, when they turned up to arrest him at a house in Armadale, Alexandria, St Ann.
Assistant Police Commissioner Ealan Powell said the cops had gone to the house to arrest Sadan Mullings, also called 'Saddam', and his crony, Nickoy Treleven, who were both reportedly wanted for a string of murders and shootings in the western parishes.
But just as police officers surrounded the house, calling to the men inside, the fugitives reportedly threw two grenades from the building and exited with guns blazing at the officers.
One of the grenades reportedly failed to detonate, while a policeman was injured by the other, which jolted the Alexandria community from its sleep shortly after midnight.
Treleven was found some distance from the building suffering from gunshot wounds. He later died, said Powell.
ARMED AND DANGEROUS
"We are appealing to Saddam to turn himself in to the police by 6 p.m. tomorrow (today). And I want the public to know that he is a vicious and dangerous criminal who should be avoided," Powell told The Gleaner yesterday.
"He is wanted for several murders and is known to turn his back on his friends and even family," continued Powell, noting that the use of the grenades goes to show the "level of viciousness and how armed and dangerous he is".
Powell described the policeman's injuries as serious, but not life threatening. He confirmed that an illegal gun was taken from the dead man's body. He could not immediately name the type of gun.
He said the men are originally from the Green Island district in Hanover and that their stomping grounds included St James, Westmoreland and surrounding environs.