17-year-old Gunman Charged in Westmoreland 

Jamaica Crime News, Westmoreland: The Westmoreland police have reported that criminal charges have now been laid against a 17-year-old teenage boy, who was shot and injured by members of a police party on Monday morning of June 11th, after he reportedly challenged them in a shootout at a premises in Orange Hill in the parish of Westmoreland.

The police have also reported that the identity of the  17-year-old gunman cannot be released at this time, but he has been charged with Illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, as well as, shooting with intent. He is also booked to appear in the Western Regional Gun Court early next week.

Reports by the police are that about 5:30 a.m. on Monday, a team of police officers armed with a search warrant went to a house in the Orange Hill area in search of a wanted man known as “Roach”.

The police further stated that, on reaching the premises, they came under heavy gunfire from men on the inside of the house.  Minutes later, the teenage boy was seen running from the house while allegedly firing on the police.

The fire was returned and the 17-year-old teenager was shot and injured.  The other men managed to escape in bushes.

A team from the Westmoreland CIB Department and a team from the Independent Commission of Investigation are presently still on the scene carrying out investigations.

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