The men have been identified as 26-year-old Shavaughn Gordon of Smith Lane, Kingston, and 38-year-old Kadini Harrison, otherwise called ‘Kaddi,’ of Baccas Wood, Islington St Mary.
Two illegal guns were also reported seized during a search for the men after the exchange of gunfire.
According to the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), "the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s strategy to deal with the displacement of criminals resulted in the plans of four men (mainly) from Kingston, contracted to carry out killings and robberies in St Mary, being thwarted when they were intercepted on Sports Road in Islington."
Reports are that about 11:30 p.m., a team of officers was on patrol in the area when the driver of a Nissan Bluebird motorcar with the men aboard was signalled to stop.
The driver complied, but the men opened gunfire at the police from the vehicle.
The attack was repelled and the men abandoned the car and ran.
A search of the community was later conducted and two of the men were found dead with gunshot wounds.
A .357 Magnum handgun with six expended cartridge casings, and a Colt pistol with six .45 cartridges, along with a plastic glove with eleven .45 cartridges, were also reportedly found.
The JCF's communication arm indicated that head of the St Mary Police Division, Superintendent Bobette Morgan, has committed that the police will prevent criminals from escalating crime in the rural parish.
“Notwithstanding persons of nefarious character contracting criminals from outside the locale to commit murders within the division, thus adding further challenges to our investigations, we remain resolute in our stance to prevent these persons from increasing the crime rate in this division," Superintendent Morgan said.
Meanwhile, the Inspectorate of the Constabulary (IOC) and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) are investigating the developments.