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Cops injured in raid on Shoemaker gully

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, August 23, 2014    

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THERE was chaos in parts of New Kingston yesterday as police raided Shoemaker gully to apprehend several homeless men wanted for crimes committed in the commercial district.

Two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, including a female corporal, were injured during the operation after the homeless men hurled bottles and other objects on their approach. The operation began about 10:00 am.

"The police had to take evasive action as the men started to hurl bottles and other items at the police team," Superintendent Christopher Murdock, who heads the New Kingston Police, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

Superintendent Murdock said that at one point during the operation, one of the homeless men tried to choke him.

"I was attacked by one of the men who held me by the throat," the senior policeman said, pointing to a cut on his arm which was also inflicted by the man. The man was one of the six people arrested.

According to Murdock, the police raided the gully to apprehend men who are alleged to be part of a gang that had earlier held up and robbed a man of $100,000 and a computer tablet in the vicinity of the gully.

Up to late yesterday, the police were on the hunt for three other homeless men who have been listed as suspects in the alleged robbery of a male jogger of his licensed firearm at Emancipation Park on Thursday evening.

One of the men is also wanted in connection with the murder of a man close to the gully in May.

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