Two held for Portland killing

February 12, 2016

Bryans Bay, Portland

Two men are in custody as the Portland police intensify investigations into the fatal shooting of a resident at a bar in Port Antonio yesterday.

The men were picked up shortly after 6 a.m. by members of the Port Antonio Criminal Investigation Branch and a police special squad unit.

Reports are that shortly after 2 a.m., two masked men, one armed with a gun, approached a Toyota Yaris with three men aboard, which was parked near a bar, and enquired on the whereabouts of a foreigner.

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"The occupants reportedly ran from the vehicle into a nearby restaurant and bar," said the parish's top cop, Superintendent Oberlene Smith-White. "It is reported that the three locked themselves in a room; however, Deon 'Spotta Lion' Bennett, 44, ran to the back of the building, where he was shot and killed."

The men then robbed the bar and patrons of approximately $30,000 in cash and a cellular phone. They escaped in the abandoned Toyota Yaris.

The car was later found abandoned approximately 800 metres on Rice Piece Road. The police theorise that the robbers drove to the area and then boarded motorcycles. It is the first murder in the parish since the start of the year.

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