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Cops cut down 3

Monday, December 23, 2013    

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SPRINGFIELD, Westmoreland — Three reputed members of the notorious Alma Gang, also known as the Haughton Gang, were shot and killed during a firefight with members of a joint police/military team in this rustic community Saturday night.

Among those killed was 33-year-old Jermaine Brown, otherwise called 'Peter' and 'Yaga', who was listed as one of the most wanted by the Westmoreland police. The other two were identified as 20-year-old Nicoy Clayton, also called 'Shake Hand', of Station Road, Negril, and 24-year-old Ryan Pringle, also called 'Wackie', of Broughton, both in Westmoreland.

Police said three guns, including an M-16 and an AK-47, were recovered after the firefight.

The Alma Gang, police said, has been responsible for a number of murders, robberies and shootings in this parish.

Earlier this year, the Westmoreland police offered a reward of $500,000 for information leading to the arrest or capture of Torneil Haughton, otherwise called 'Malta', the reputed leader of the gang. A reward of $100,000 was also offered for Brown, who met his demise Saturday.

In October, two members of the feared gang were shot and killed during a gunfight with the police in a section of the parish called Alma, from which the gang took its name. The police said other members of the gang, including its leader, were also shot and injured in the operation. However, they said the injured men escaped, leaving behind their weapons. These included an AK-47 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, one Beretta 380 semi-automatic pistol, one .45 calibre pistol and two 9mm calibre handguns.

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