EMERGING dancehall deejay Choppa Banks was one of two men killed in a gun battle with the police on the north-south leg of Highway 2000 on Saturday.
The other man, Manton “Banton” Brown, 42, was on the St Ann’s Most Wanted list.
According to police reports, Choppa Banks, given name Swayne Hall, and Brown were travelling in a white Toyota Crown motor car before 4:00 pm on Saturday on a section of the north-south leg of the highway when they were signalled to stop by members of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC).
Upon the approach of the police, the men exited the car and immediately began firing at the lawmen which resulted in gunfight. Both men were shot and taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.
A policeman was also shot and injured in the incident. He too was taken to hospital where he was treated and discharged.
Choppa Banks — who hails from a Queen’s Heights address in Discovery Bay, St Ann — was known for singles such as ChopMode, Dream, and Bingo.