A man classified as one of the suspects in the quadruple murder of three brothers and a spouse of one of the brothers in Masemure Meadows, Little London Westmoreland last Thursday, was cut down in a blazing gun battle with the police on Monday in the volatile Grange Hill community.
One Luger 9mm pistol with a magazine containing two 9mm rounds of ammunition was also seized.
The deceased has been identified as 38-year-old Leon Smith, otherwise called ‘Rasta’, of Geneva district, Grange Hill in the parish.
Reports are that the police went to a four-apartment building in Geneva to execute a warrant, and were greeted with gunfire. The law enforcement team reportedly took evasive action and returned the fire. After the shooting subsided, a man, later identified as Smith, was found suffering from gunshot wounds. The firearm and ammunition were taken from him.
He was later transported to the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The matter has been reported to the Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC), and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which have since launched a probe into the incident
The Police say Smith was cited as a suspect in last Thursday’s killing of 31-year-old mechanic Howard Humes, 23-year-old Shavane Humes, 33-year-old Paulton Humes, otherwise called ‘Dwight’ and his girlfriend, Keneisha Wilson.
The three brothers who lived beside each other, had their doors kicked open by a group of men who sprayed them with bullets.