JCF confirms cop injured in shootout that killed St Ann's most wanted and another man
A policeman was wounded during a gun battle that claimed the life of one of St Ann’s most wanted on the Edward Seaga Highway on Saturday

The police have confirmed that one of their colleagues was injured in a shootout with criminal elements in St Ann on Saturday.

According to a release from the Constabulary Communications Network (CCU), the communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the policeman was wounded during the gun battle that claimed the life of one of St Ann’s most wanted. An update on the officer’s condition is expected in short order.

Reports on the incident are that shortly before 4pm on Saturday, an intelligence-driven operation by members of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) led the authorities to a section of North-South Highway, where they intercepted a white Toyota Crown motorcar.

Upon the approach of the police, the men aboard the car immediately began firing at the lawmen in a resulting gunfight the CCU said.

“In the end, we understand that two of the men were shot and injured. The injured persons were taken to the hospital in St Ann where the two men died while undergoing treatment,” said Head of the CCU, Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay.

One of the shooters has been identified as 42-year-old Manton Brown, also known as ‘Banton’.

Brown was wanted in multiple cases of murder and shootings, including the April 2017 double murder of Alaska Castello and Adrian Thompson in Gregory Park, St Catherine. He was also wanted for the murder of Clifford Gallimore, also known as ‘Chucky’ or ‘King Cover’ in Brown’s Town, St Ann in September 2020 and the murder of Leabert Piper, also in Brown/s Town, St Ann in February 2021.

SSP Lindsay confirmed that a firearm and several rounds of ammunition were seized during the operation.

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