Jamaica News, January 30, 2018
Montego Bay, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Joint Military Seized More Firearm: as the joint military teams continue to comb sections of bushes on the border of Westmoreland and St Elizabeth for both parish’s most wanted, Ryan Peterkin o/c Ratty. The security forces made another breakthrough on Tuesday morning after they seized other male clothing, a twelve gauge shotgun, 7 twelve gauge cartridges, a binocular, two cellphones, a roll-on and heavy-duty boots in bushes.
This is the third illegal firearm that has been seized at that location over the past 24 hours.
On Monday evening an unidentified gunman was shot and killed, and a 16-year-old student shot and wounded after they engaged the joint military forces in a heated gun battle.
It is reported that Ryan Peterkin, otherwise called “Ratty” and members of his notorious gang who operate out of Mother Lane in Cambridge were fleeing the parish to sections of St Elizabeth and Westmoreland.
According to the police, the men were tracked to a community known as Killmornock in New Market area. An operation was carried out in the area about 3:30 p.m. on Monday evening where three armed men engaged the joint military team in a shootout.
During the shootout, one of the gunmen was shot and killed while the 16-year-old boy was shot and injured.
The injured teenager was transported to the Black River hospital where he was treated and released into police custody.
Two illegal firearms an Uzi Submachine gun containing thirty-one live 9mm rounds and a 9mm Browning semi-automatic pistol were taken from the men.
Investigators stated that “Ratty Gang” have been creating mayhem and terror in Cambridge, St James over the past year and they are said to be behind over fifteen murders which have taking place in Cambridge area.
The gang members are heavily armed and are outfitted with several teenage boys who were recruited at Mother Lane in Cambridge during 2017.
Since the State of Emergency has been imposed on the parish of St James, the security forces have learned that Peterkin and his gang are now posing as market vendors and are fleeing to sections of Westmoreland and St Elizabeth.
As the searches continued into Tuesday morning, the shotgun and the other items were discovered in bushes where the gunmen were said to have been hiding.