August Town shooting leaves police incensed
A massive intelligence-driven manhunt is now under way for the killers of District Constable Paul White, who was fatally shot in August Town, St Andrew, last Friday evening.
A woman corporal was also shot in the incident that has left cops fuming and investigators vowing to catch the criminals.
Yesterday, detectives spent hours on the hunt for members of an August Town-based gang who fired at the cops who had gone to arrest a man believed to be the gang leader.
In condemning the attack on the cops, the Police High Command said it noted with grave concern the consistent propensity of brazen criminals to target members of the security forces.
"The act depicts a heinous crime which has plunged the Jamaica Constabulary Force into mourning yet again," said the High Command.
"District Constable White and the woman corporal demonstrated great bravery, as they were attacked in the process of apprehending one of the most wanted men in the St Andrew Central Division," added the High Command.
The leadership of the police force urged its members "to spare no effort in hunting down his killers and bring them to justice".
Bunting calls for vigilance
In the meantime, Minister of National Security Peter Bunting decried the attack on the cops.
According to Bunting, despite the unrelenting efforts of the security forces, criminals are determined to unleash terror on the society. He urged members of the security forces to be persistent in their search for the gunmen.
The security minister urged members of the security forces to be extremely vigilant as he extended condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the district constable, and wished the corporal a speedy recovery.
And the opposition spokesman on national security, Derrick Smith, also expressed regret at the killing of the district constable.
Smith said the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party has expressed its condolences to the family of the district constable and best wishes to the injured woman corporal.
"We also wish to express our support for the officers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who are grieving at the loss of their colleague," said Smith.