Clarendon taxi operator shot dead in Springfield

CLARENDON, Jamaica – The Clarendon police have launched an investigation into the murder of a taxi operator in the Springfield Housing Scheme on Saturday night.

The deceased has been identified as 44-year-old Ralston Cockett.

According to the police, Cockett, otherwise known as Mark, was on Rose Street about 11:40 pm when he was shot and killed by unknown assailants.

It is reported that residents heard loud explosions and, during subsequent checks, found the now deceased laying in a pool of blood.

The police were summoned and, upon their arrival, found Cockett with what appeared to be several gunshot wounds in the upper body. He was taken to the Lionel Town Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The deceased is the brother of a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

According to the police, the Springfield area is known for various criminal activities such as the drugs for gun trade, flour for cocaine trade, robberies, murders and shootings.

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