Thursday 14 November, 2019

Cops still to find man who rented house where ‘most wanted’ was killed

The St James police are yet to apprehend Lucien Vassell, the tenant who rented the upscale Ironshore, Montego Bay apartment where reputed gangster, Niko Samuels was shot and killed during a shoot out with police last month.

Samuels, otherwise called ‘Bowza’, was on the police ‘most wanted’ list, when he was gunned down on Saturday, April 29.

The police reportedly seized a BMW SUV, which belonged to Vassell, after the shooting. The vehicle was parked at the premises when Samuels was killed by the law enforcers during a lengthy gun battle there.

The encounter with Samuels came in the midst of the ongoing state of emergency in St James, but in the unexpected upscale community.

Two police officers who were part of the team that went to apprehend the fugitive, were shot and injured during the shootout that lasted close to two hours, police sources indicated.

Reports are that about 1:45 p.m., members of a joint police/military team, acting on information, went to a premises in the Ironshore community in search of the fugitive.

When members of the police/military team reached the location, they came under heavy gunfire.

The law enforcers fired back and a close to two-hour-long gun battle ensued between the lawmen and the wanted man.

At the end of the exchange, Samuels was found suffering from gunshot wounds. Two firearms were reportedly recovered.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The police said Samuel, who was on the run for several months, was wanted for a triple murder that was committed in 2017.

Following the gunfight and Samuels’ death, the police listed Vassell as being wanted for harbouring a fugitive.

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