Retired district constable gunned down in robbery attempt

BY HORACE HINES
Observer staff reporter
hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, March 22, 2019

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Members of the Trelawny Police Division are working feverishly to apprehend a group of gunmen who killed a retired district constable that foiled a robbery at a Supreme Ventures Limited gaming outlet in Falmouth, Trelawny, Wednesday night.

The deceased has been identified as 78-year-old security guard Albert Mowatt, also called Shoey, of a Trelawny address.

The gunmen, who made off with the ex-cop's licensed firearm, opened fire at members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who gave chase. A female bystander, whose identity has not been released by the police, was shot in the arm by the fleeing gunmen.

Reports from the police are that about 7:30 pm, three gunmen went to rob a gaming establishment on Market Street, where Mowatt was the security guard on duty.

A struggle ensued after Mowatt was accosted by the three men, one of whom opened gunfire, hitting him.

Before storming out of the tightly enclosed facility, the gunmen pumped a second shot into the retired district constable after he fell to the floor.

A team of police who was travelling in a service vehicle chased the silver Toyota Axio motor vehicle transporting the gunmen, but the men opened fire at the police.

The lawmen managed to escape injuries, but the female bystander was shot. Bullets reportedly hit the police vehicle and two other motor vehicles in the busy town, a Jamaica Observer police source revealed.

After speeding over a four-mile distance, the driver reportedly lost control of the getaway vehicle in the vicinity of Granville in the parish, but the occupants managed to escape on foot.

The killing of Mowatt has pushed the murder tally in Trelawny to five since the start of the year, one shy of the six recorded for the same period last year.


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