Residents trap police in protest against shooting

ALEXANDRIA, St Ann — Residents here are fuming over the fatal shooting of a member of their community allegedly by a licensed firearm holder last evening.

Last night the angry residents had a face-off with police who had gone into the community to investigate the shooting.

The police were trapped in the community for several hours after residents blocked several roads in the communities of Grants Mountain, Hessen Castle and adjoining communities.

Police have not yet issued any official report into last night’s incident.

However, one man was shot and injured by the police who were forced to take evasive action as the angry residents descended on them.

It is reported that the dead man and the businessman had been involved in a longstanding dispute which escalated yesterday evening.

Police reportedly went into the community with the businessman to investigate the shooting when they came under severe attack from angry residents as word of the shooting spread.

Residents claim the businessman shot the resident five times.

At least two premises belonging to the businessman were reportedly burnt by the residents and police were forced to stand guard over another to prevent further damage.

Eleven persons including two juveniles and a female were detained last night as the police tried to quell the disturbance.

Two members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force were also injured after residents hurled missiles at them.

One policeman reportedly sustained a broken leg.

Last night Member of Parliament for South West St Ann, Ernest Smith, appealed to the residents to remain calm.

However, this morning residents began converging again and have since re-mounted several road blocks.

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