Dead supermarket robber identified

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The man killed during a robbery at a supermarket in Hopewell, Hanover on the weekend, has been identified.

He is 28 year-old Johnay Rose of a Grange Hill address in Westmoreland.

Rose was killed and another of his cronies shot and wounded and admitted to hospital when they attempted to rob a popular supermarket in the town and were challenged by an off-duty policeman and a licensed firearm holder.

A male customer was also shot and wounded.

The Hanover police report that about 6:40 p.m. on Saturday, the operators of the supermarket were in the process of locking up, when armed men rushed into the establishment and demanded money.

An off-duty policeman and a licensed firearm holder who were also among the shoppers saw what was happening and challenged the men.

During the exchange of gunfire, three men, including a supermarket customer, were shot. 

The wounded gunmen who took cigarettes, a quantity of assorted goods and an undetermined sum of cash, escaped in a waiting motor car which drove to the Noel Holmes Hospital, where the wounded men were reportedly thrown from the vehicle by the other occupants of the car, which then sped away.

Rose subsequently died, while the other man has been admitted in hospital under police guard. According to the police, the wounded man is set to face charges of robbery with aggravation.

The male supermarket customer whose wound was not said to be life threatening was treated at hospital.

The Independent Commission of Investigation, INDECOM, is also investigating the incident.

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