CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mon. May 24, 2010: Gunmen believed to be loyalists to accused Jamaican drug lord, Christopher `Dudus` Coke, have claimed three lives and injured seven in West Kingston.
Jamaica remained under a state of emergency this morning as The Constabulary Communication Network reported that two cops were killed and six others shot and injured during a shootout with gunmen on Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 2 late Sunday night.
This comes on the heels of reports that a civilian life was already lost while a cop was injured Sunday.
The identities of the dead cops from Sunday night`s attack have not been released but the shootings came hours after a state of emergency was declared and Prime Minister Bruce Golding insisted in s nationwide speech that threats posed by thugs will be repelled.
Jamaica Gleaner reports indicate that one of the dead cop was a sergeant from the Motorized Patrol Division. The other was reportedly a member of the East Kingston Division.
The paper said around 11:30 last night, a woman showed up at the Rockfort Police Station and reported that she had been shot while driving along Mountain View Avenue. She also told officers that another motorist had been attacked by gunmen.
The police from the East Kingston Division went to help the motorist but came under sustained gunfire resulting in two of them being hit.
Other cops who went to rescue their colleagues were also fired at, resulting in six of them being shot.
The situation was later brought under control but two of the injured cops later died at a local hospital while four remain hospitalized but in stable condition.
Thugs believed to be part of the garrison of West Kingston`s Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town, strong holds of accused drug lord and Shower Posse Leader, Coke, have blockaded the area since Golding announced last Monday night that an extradition order for Coke will be signed. Yesterday, the situation got worst after gun men firebombed police stations in Kingston and shot at cops. The attacks continued last night despite a state of emergency and an appeal for calm from the PM.
Coke, 40, a/k/a `Michael Christopher Coke,` a/k/a `Paul Christopher Scott,` a/k/a `Presi,` a/k/a `General,` a/k/a `President,` a/k/a `Duddus,` a/k/a `Shortman,` was charged last August 28th in a Brooklyn court with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine and conspiracy to illegally traffic in firearms.
If convicted on the narcotics charge, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $4 million or twice the pecuniary gain from the offense. He also faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the firearms trafficking charge, and a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the financial gain.
Coke fronts in Jamaica as a successful businessman and owner of Incomparable Enterprise. That company has also received millions of dollars in state contracts. His other company, Presidential Click, stages the biggest weekly street dance – `Passa Passa`- in Jamaica, according to Jamaica Gleaner reports.