Police/military team under fire in St James

ST JAMES, Jamaica - The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has confirmed that a police/military team is currently under heavy gunfire in the Spot Valley and Barrett Town areas of St James.

As such, motorists are advised to avoid the area.

It is believed that the security forces have cornered a high-value target in the area, but have been engaged in a firefight by several wanted men. The police/military team has taken every effort to protect citizens and innocent bystanders.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Police Area One, Clifford Chambers has confirmed the ongoing action being taken.

ACP Chambers said the security forces have for some time now been steadily tracking high-value criminals that operate in St James.

"We are able to make some inroads in our efforts. The security forces are still on the ground processing what turns out to be some success by law enforcement. But it is still early days yet and I am not in a position to speak precisely," he told OBSERVER ONLINE Saturday afternoon.

– Anthony Lewis.

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