News

Feared Alma Gang leader shot dead

Wednesday, January 01, 2014    

Print this page Email A Friend!


BIG BRIDGE, Westmoreland — The reputed leader of the feared Alma Gang, 29-year-old Torneal Haughton, also called 'Malta', was shot and killed during a reported shoot-out with the police here yesterday afternoon.

According to the police, about 1:00 pm, members of the constabulary went to a premises where they spotted Haughton, whom they said immediately opened fire at them. A gun battle reportedly ensued and the gang leader was shot and killed.

Police said a .45 Colt pistol was recovered from the dead man.

Haughton, who resided at the Alma community in the parish, headed the Westmoreland police's most wanted list.

He was accused of murdering two women whose bodies were dumped in a cave in 2008. He was held but absconded bail and had been on the run since.

The police reported that the Haughton-led Alma Gang was responsible for a number of murders committed in the parish.

In addition to yesterday's demise of Haughton, police said six other members of the gang were shot and killed in security operations since October, while a number of illegal guns, including high-powered weapons, have been recovered.

ADVERTISEMENT

POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

 

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

Will you close your bank account because of Government's tax on withdrawals?
Yes
No


View Results »


ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT