Cop's attacker killed

No. 67 Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Police in St. James have now joined forces to apprehend two men who are on the run following a daring attempt on the life of a fellow officer in the parish. One gunman was killed in the incident.

    The dead man, who appears to be in his 20s, was unidentified up until press time. The police continue to probe, trying to ascertain the owner of the vehicle which the gunmen left behind.
    The Western Mirror was reliably informed that about
12:30 a.m., on Monday, March 15, the policeman, who is based at a station in the parish, had just completed his duties and was driving home in the direction of Rose Hall.
    Having reached a section of an area known as Cinnamon Hill, he noticed a white motor car traveling close behind him. Upon reaching a certain section of the roadway, the men traveling behind the policeman overtook his vehicle and blocked his path.
    It is further said that three men alighted from the vehicle and brandished hand guns which they turned upon the policeman's private car, firing a barrage of shots at him.
The policeman reportedly ducked for cover in his vehicle and returned the fire.
    The gunmen ran off in separate directions into nearby bushes as they could not get back into their own car. The heroic cop was left unharmed.
    Shortly afterwards, other officers arrived on the scene and combed the bushes. The search resulted in the discovery of one of the men suffering from gunshot wounds. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
    The other two gunmen were not found, but the vehicle in which they had traveled was impounded and taken to the station by the police who are now carrying out a full investigation into the attempt on their colleague's life.

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