The Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, has launched an investigation into the fatal shooting of six men in a joint military-police operation in Goodwill, St. James on Saturday.
The operation was reportedly in response to information about a gang involved in recent shootings in the area of Barrett Town.
The vehicles in which the alleged gunmen were travelling, were intercepted during the operation.
Gunfire was exchanged between the men and members of the security forces.
INDECOM says there’s visible damage to one of the JDF vehicles involved.
The police say four handguns were recovered at the scene, which they allege belonged to the gunmen.
The six men were pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.
INDECOM says it’s team has been on the ground conducting forensic examinations since the incident.
It says their officers have interviewed members of the security forces.
It says the members of the JDF have been very cooperative during the investigations.
INDECOM says a further press statement will be issued as the investigations continue.
AND, the Jamaica Constabulary Force has identified five of the six men who were killed.
They’re said to be members of the ‘Ski Mask Gang’ operating out of Montego Bay, St. James.
They’re Oswyn Jarrett otherwise called ‘Ski-Mask’, Deno Pryce otherwise called ‘Buju’, Marlon Samuels otherwise called ‘Brutus’,
And two other men known by their aliases ‘Shenky’ and ‘Fargo’.
The police say the gang is responsible for several murders in the Barrett Town, Lilliput and a section of the parish known as ‘Africa,’ among other areas in St. James.
The police say they regret the loss of lives during the incident.
The JCF says it wishes to reassure the public that the security forces are committed to carrying out their duties in a professional manner as they work to restore law and order.