Man wanted for murder shot dead

October 24, 2022

A man who is alleged to have been terrorising people in his community was on Sunday shot dead during a confrontation with two police officers in Nain, St Elizabeth.

The incident was confirmed by the police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), which said in a media release that the deceased, identified as Tuwaine Morrison, was a fugitive wanted for the murder of Tyrone Morgan on July 12. The CCU stated that based on reports from the Junction police, at 3 p.m. lawmen responded to a call for assistance with a domestic dispute in the community. It was alleged that Morrison assaulted relatives with an illegal firearm and threatened to kill them.

During the process of taking Morrison into custody, he resisted and reportedly attempted to disarm one of the lawmen. The police discharged their weapon and Morrison was hit. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The CCU also stated that both officers are receiving treatment for the multiple injuries sustained during the altercation, including a broken wrist and several bite wounds inflicted by the now deceased man.

A video believed to be of the incident was later uploaded to social media. In the footage, Morrison was seen tussling with the lawmen, one of whom appeared to warn him not to touch his weapon moments before several loud explosions were heard.

A well placed police source also told THE STAR that Morrison, 25, was a major violence producer operating within the space. The CCU said that he was previously charged by the police in connection with several robberies across the parish.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Independent Commission of Investigations and the Inspectorate and Professional Standards Oversight Bureau.

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