Monday 6 July, 2020

Senior cop Leon Clunis dies

Police personnel at the scene of the shooting in Horizon Park, St Catherine two weeks ago, when two cops were fatally shot and two others injured in a battle with gunmen.

Police personnel at the scene of the shooting in Horizon Park, St Catherine two weeks ago, when two cops were fatally shot and two others injured in a battle with gunmen.

Superintendent of Police Leon Clunis has passed away, two weeks after he had been injured in a violent ambush engineered by gunmen on the outskirts of  Spanish Town that had already claimed two of his colleagues. 

The senior policeman had been hospitalised since. 

Efforts to get a comment from family members proved futile. Members of the Police High Command are currently at the hospital and could not be reached for further comment.  

The public appeared to be shocked at the senior officer's sudden passing as he had reportedly been in good spirits this week, and had even given an interview to media personnel over a week ago. 



The June 12th attack which was carried out by men carrying high powered weapons previously claimed the lives of Detective Corporal Dane Biggs and Constable Decardo Hylton.. 

The man said to be behind the Horizon Park attack, 39 year old Damion Hamilton, was shot dead in Cooreville Gardens, St Andrew, hours after the incident.

There was a groundswell of support from the public in the wake of the shooting as "evidenced by the swift sharing of information by the public which led to the coordinated actions of the police following the Horizon Park incident".

Last week Monday had been designated a Day of Mourning in the Jamaica Constabulary Force for Constable Hylton and Corporal Biggs.

---Claude Mills

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