Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Three men shot dead by the police in St James

File photo of police on an operation

File photo of police on an operation

Three men were shot and killed during an alleged gun battle with the police in St James on Good Friday morning.

The identities of the deceased have not yet been ascertained.

Reports are that about 5:45 a.m., a police party went to a section of the Sunderland community in the parish in search of wanted men, and came under gunfire.

A shootout allegedly ensued, with the police taking evasive action and returning the fire.

After the shooting died down, the three men were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

They were taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

The police said two illegal firearms were found after the gunfight.

The parish of St James has been under a state of public emergency since January 18, 2018. 

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