KINGSTON –– The St Thomas police are now seeking Marlon Perry otherwise called “Duppy Film” in relation to the murder of two cops outside a wholesale on the Poor Man’s Corner main road in St Thomas last night.
Perry was listed as wanted by the St Thomas police in June of this year in connection with murders and shootings in the parish.
The police have identified the dead policemen as Corporal Kenneth Davis, who was assigned to Protective Services Division, and Constable Craig Palmer, who was assigned to the Kingston Western Division.
A release from the police’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said the lawmen were murdered by criminals who brazenly opened gunfire at them and fled the scene.
The two policemen were ambushed while playing a game of dominoes with friends in the community, Minister of Security Peter Bunting said in a statement later this morning.
“This demonstrates the risk that the police are constantly exposed to by virtue of their occupation and incidents of this nature remind us of the extremely difficult challenges facing the security forces, and the great sacrifices they continue to make in the fight to rid Jamaica of the scourge of crime and violence,” Bunting said.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams expressed outrage at the incident and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“The message I want to send to the perpetrators of this evil deed is that their act of cowardice will not intimidate the valiant men and women of the constabulary nor will it dampen our resolve to catch them and bring them to justice,” he said in a CCU release.
“You will be hunted down like no criminal has been hunted before; you will be caught and made to pay for this terrible crime.
“My solemn promise to the families of these two slain officers is that no stone will be left unturned until these murderers are found,” Williams added.
The police commissioner and security minister implored the public to assist the lawmen in solving the crime.