Residents Fear Reprisal after August Town Correctional Officer Killed

Jamaica News, February 25, 2018 – August Town Correctional Officer Killed

St Andrew, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – The St Andrew police are swamped with the boiling murders and gang-related crime overtaking the August Town, St Andrew community. Police say, no shooting death can currently be unlinked from gang violence until proven different.

Six days ago on February 19, heavy police-military presence patrolled August Town, in the parish of St Andrew, after a correctional officer was shot and killed and two others injured in a gun attack that morning.

35-year-old David Stewart, a correctional officer attached to the Tower Street Adult Correctional facility, who lives in August town was gunned down as he closed a bar that he privately owns.

Reported are that about 8:30 a.m., heavily armed men opened fire on at the bar, mowing down Stewart with 8 bullets, and injuring two other people.

August Town Correctional Officer Killed: Unconfirmed reports are that Stewart was a brother to a man allegedly involved in gang activities. He was reportedly an innocent man killed by a rival gang in lieu of his brother. Residents are now more fearful of the gang-land style murders that have taken over the community and are uncertain for their own lives after the murder of Stewart.

Member of Parliament for the August Town community, Fayval Williams, says she will contact the office of Prime Minister Andrew Holness to request that the area is declared a Zone of Special Operation, where police-military should be deployed to quell the violence in the community.

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