Police personnel from some six divisions and the military had to be deployed to rescue JCF members who were pinned down by gunmen firing high powered weapons in sections of West Kingston last night.
That’s according to Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit, Senior Superintendent of Police, SSP, Stephanie Lindsay.
SSP Lindsay who was speaking on Nationwide this morning says a small team of officers was on their usual patrol in Lizard Town last night when the incident happen.
But while maintaining their presence in the area, the Police were met with heavy gunfire from criminals with high powered weapons.
She says the sustained gunfire lasted for about 20-minutes.
SSP Lindsay says the initial group of Police personnel were under sustained gunfire for some 10-minutes.
While the security forces were responding to the rescue calls, the Ray Ray market in downtown Kingston was set on fire.
SSP Lindsay says based on information received, the fire at the market was aimed at distracting the security forces.
Senior Superintendent of Police Stephanie Lindsay, Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit.
No member of the securities was hurt during the incident.
SSP Lindsay says the latest flare up of violence in the area is due to gang feuds.
SSP Stephanie Lindsay, Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit.