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May 14, 2014
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WANTED MEN MOVE TO EAST - Cops say recent operations meant to stop trend
Crystal Harrison, Staff Reporter

Last weekend's fatal shooting of three men by the police in east Kingston was influenced by a migration of thugs into the area, THE STAR understands.

Our news team has learnt that wanted men from west Kingston and other areas have been seeking refuge in and around communities in that police division.

In recent times, the police said that they have been noticing an increase in a number of criminal activities that they suspect involve some of the hoodlums.

Senior Superintendent Arthur Hall told THE STAR yesterday that he has knowledge of the hoodlums from elsewhere seeking refuge in his police division.

"We have information confirming that, and that is why we have been conducting operations such as the one over the weekend, which resulted in the shooting incidents," Brown said.

Meanwhile, The Independent Commission of Investigations, which is investigating the shootings, is appealing to residents to come forward with information that can assist the probe into Saturday's killings.

A strong police presence is being maintained in the area after residents mounted blockades in Rockfort and along Mountain View Avenue in protest of the killing of the men.

The men were killed by the police during what the cops said was a gun battle on Saturday, but residents of Rennock Lodge claim two of the men were killed in cold blood as they bathed at a water pump in the community.

In the first incident, it was reported that cops went to Pleasant Heights in search of wanted men. The cops said they were greeted by gunfire.

Mario Thomas, 24, unemployed, was later found suffering from gunshot wounds.

Thomas subsequently died at hospital and the police said a 9mm pistol with several live rounds was found.

In the second incident, two men were also shot and killed by the lawmen in another reported shoot-out in Rock Spring, also in the police division.

Those dead have been identified as Shaneil Coombs and Roshawn Grant, both of Rockfort addresses.

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