4 Strange Men 'Running Boat' Killed in Gun Battle With Cops; Old Braeton

Officials from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) say they are still trying to gather information on the police operation in which four men were fatally shot in Portmore, St Catherine late Friday.

Floyd McNabb, Director of Complaints from the South Eastern Division of INDECOM stated that officers were planning to return to the scene in Old Braeton on Saturday to gather data and to ascertain the identity of the individuals who were killed.

The INDECOM officer said there were also reports that a female was among the victims but he was still checking to find out if the information was true. Police when contacted said they could not confirm reports about the female.

“We still have not identified the individuals as a result we will be returning to the scene today,” McNabb said. “Investigations are at a very early stage we tried to speak with residents (on Friday) no one was willing to speak,” said McNabb, who said he hoped that from the follow-up visit his team memebrs would be able to gather more details.

Reports are that about 4:05 p.m., the police received information that the men, who were said to be involved in criminal activities, were in the community. Police said they went to a premises in the Cressa Lane area of Portmore when they were attacked by a man with a firearm.

“Information we received is that a man reportedly opened fire at the police and then ran into a yard and police gave chase," said McNabb. Reports are that three other men came out of the house and fired at members of the police team whose members took evasive action and then returned fire.

“The police said four men were shot and injured they were rushed to hospital where they were pronounced dead,” McNabb said. Three firearms were reportedly recovered from the scene.

The senior officer from INDECOM said he was also still carrying out investigations into reports that the men were not from the area and were linked to a shooting incident at a funeral in Kingston that left the driver of a hearse and a teenage boy dead.

Yesterday one resident from the area confirmed that the men were strangers in the community but could not provide any information about the victims being linked to an attack in Kingston.

"The man dem who dead a some strange men, not from round here, nuff man don't know them, but is like dem round de a run boat and a hangout inna one yard and ting. But the police say dem get call say a gunman and dem come and the place just get busy," said one resident from the area.

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