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Man on Most Wanted list killed during gun battle with cops in St James
A man, who was on the police most wanted list, was shot dead during a massive operation in St James, the parish where a state of emergency was declared on January 18.
Two police officers, who were part of a team that went to apprehend the fugitive, were shot and injured during the reported shootout that lasted close to two hours, police sources have reported. The decease man has been identified Niko Samuel otherwise called Bowza.
Reports are that about 1:45 p.m., members of a joint police/military team, acting on information went to an apartment in the upscale area of Iron Shore to search for the fugitive, who was
Information suggest that when the members of the joint police/military team reached the location they came under heavy gunfire.
The security team returned the fire and a close to two-hour gun battle ensued between lawmen and the wanted man.
Residents from the community, who took to social media to talk about the incident, said they were left cowering in fear as the sounds of gun shot rang out through the air even as members of the police team tried to corner the wanted man who managed to keep the team at bay for a period of time during the standoff.
“It was like a scene from a movie to the amount of gunshot me hear,” said one social media user, who said he lives close to the area where the incident took place.
Police report that at the end of the exchange the man was found suffering from gunshot wounds. Two firearms were reportedly recovered. The injured man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Two police men injured during the exchange have since been admitted to Hospistal.
Police say Samuel, who was on the run for several months was wanted for a triple murder committed in 2017.