Damion Hamilton, the man suspected of murdering two policer officers during an operation in Spanish Town on Friday morning. He was deported a few years ago from Canada on gun and drug-related charges. Law enforcement sources say Hamilton is also a former member of the US Marine.

The gunman who’s believed to have murdered two Policemen this morning and injured two others in Spanish Town, St Catherine was gunned down during an operation by the Security Forces in Cooreville Gardens, St. Andrew this afternoon.

The gunman has been identified as Damion Hamilton, a deportee.

He was reportedly shot dead when he challenged the police this afternoon.

Two other police personnel were injured during the confrontation.

National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang has confirmed the development.

A Nation In Shock

Marjorie Gordon reports.

Shock is reverberating throughout sections of the country this afternoon following a deadly gun attack on the Police.

The attack took place this morning during an operation in search of wanted men in Spanish Town, St. Catherine.

Four Policemen were shot.

Two of them are dead and a senior Policeman who led the operation is battling for life.

No one has yet been taken into custody in connection with the vicious attack which has shaken the JCF.

Dead are Constable Decardo Hylton and Corporal Dane Biggs.

The Policemen were killed by what’s believed to be gunmen who were armed with high-powered weapons.

The attack took place in a usually quiet housing scheme in Horizon Park in Spanish Town.

It’s believed that the gunmen were in a two-storey building and took aim at the Police who were on an early morning operation.

An M-16 weapon was left behind by the criminals.

The rifle was seized by Police personnel who were summoned to give backup to their wounded colleagues.

Superintendent Leon Clunis who led the operation in search of gunmen is in hospital battling for life.

Another Policeman, who was also injured during the incident, is being treated and is in stable condition.

Shortly after the incident, anxious Policemen gathered at the Spanish Town Hospital and awaited word on their two injured colleagues.

National Security Minister, Dr. Horace Chang arrived at the hospital and later visited the crime scene.

Dr. Chang says Superintendent Clunis is seriously hurt.

The National Security Minister says the police were pursuing intelligence that a wanted man was at the residential housing complex.

He says the police were greeted by heavy and sustained gunfire.

Bullet proof vests which were being worn by the policemen on the operation were pierced by the ammunition being fired the criminals from inside the building.

Reporting by Neika Lewis & Abka Fitz-Henley