Two men were yesterday shot dead during a joint police/military operation in the often volatile West Kingston community of the capital city.
Police say the dead men — Fitzroy 'Fresh Prince' Gainer and Demar 'Vault' Cameron — were members of the violent Scare Dem Gang, which as been wreaking havoc in the division in recent times.
Police report that at 5:30 am approximately 300 members of the security forces went into Denham Town on an intelligence-led operation'.
"This morning the police and military came into the area. There was a shoot-out between members of the security forces and criminals," said police spokesman Steve Brown.
The Independent Commission of Investigations, the body established to monitor activities of the police, has since opened a probe into the shootings.
Yesterday, Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds said the development was the latest in a national operation that members of the security forces were carrying out to go after gang members across the island.
"We have looked at the challenges across the nation in terms of the activities of gangs. This is one of the areas with a number of criminal gangs, so we are responding to the challenges that these gangs pose," said Hinds.
The operation in Denham Town, he said, was one of several to come.
"We want to send out a warning to the criminals that we are here to stay," said Hinds.
He also sought to assure law-abiding citizens that they had nothing to fear.
Police said a deadly turf war between criminal gangs in sections of West Kingston has led to the deaths of more than 20 persons since the start of the year.