UPDATE: Choppa Banks killed in shootout with cops
Dancehall recording artiste Choppa Banks was gunned down in a confrontation with the police on Saturday.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Dancehall recording artiste Choppa Banks was gunned down in a confrontation with the police on Saturday.

The ChopMode artiste, whose real name is Swayne Hall, was killed during a dramatic daylight shootout that claimed the life of one of St Ann’s most wanted man, 42-year-old Manton Brown, also known as ‘Banton’, and also injured a policeman.

READ: JCF confirms cop injured in shootout that killed St Ann's most wanted and another man

According to a release from the communications arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the artiste was aboard a white Toyota Crown motor car before 4:00 pm on Saturday on a section of the North-South Highway when it was intercepted by members of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch.

Upon the approach of the police, the men aboard the car immediately began firing at the lawmen in a resulting gun fight the CCU said. One of the shooters has been identified as 42-year-old Manton Brown, while Choppa Banks was also shot. Both men died later at the hospital.

The status of the policeman will be updated in short order.

Choppa Banks who hails from a Queen's Heights address in Discovery Bay, St Ann, was known for singles such as ChopMode which was released a month ago, Dream and his most popular song, Bingo.

BY CLAUDE MILLS , Observer Online writer

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