Portland murder case cleared, witness comes forward after shooter killed
PORTLAND, Jamaica – A murder case in Portland was cleared up posthumously after a witness came forward following the shooter’s death.
Police have named 36-year-old Wayne O’Hara, or ‘Miller Nine’, the man who shot and killed 28-year-old Nikeeno Barrett from York Town, Clarendon.
The incident occurred on July 16, 2023 at Manchioneal Beach in the parish.
It was reported that around 10:30 am, O’Hara went to the location and saw Barret sitting in his car. He approached the now-deceased and opened gunfire, killing him on the spot.
Police said O’Hara was shot dead in a confrontation with lawmen on Market Street in Port Morant, St Thomas, on July 29.
Reports were that around 12:40 pm, a police team, acting on information received from the Police Emergency Contact Centre, went to Market Road. The cops were informed that men were seen in the area with firearms.
The team was directed to a peach and pink-looking board dwelling, where the front door was open.
It is understood that two cops approached the house, saw and accosted O’Hara, who pulled a handgun. Both officers took evasive action and discharged one round each from their respective service pistols in his direction.
O’Hara reportedly fell to the ground, and the firearm dropped from his hand. The firearm was retrieved and found to be a chrome and brown Smith and Wesson revolver with six live cartridges.
He was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A witness came forward recently and gave a statement naming O’Hara as the gunman in Barrett’s murder, hence the matter was cleared up posthumously.