For police officers who patrol the streets of West Kingston and South St Andrew – the areas that make up the Kingston Western police division – the threat of attack from gunmen is part of their everyday lives.
On Thursday morning, a cop was critically injured when he was shot in the neck as lawmen came under heavy gunfire during an operation in the West Kingston community of Hanna Town.
It was the latest in a string of attacks on law enforcement officers in the division that is being torn apart by gang violence.
Sources claim that criminals have placed some police officers who patrol the area on a death list and have vowed more attacks against cops going forward. Head of the Kingston Western police division, Howard Chambers said while lawmen are unaware of such a list, they are mindful of the danger that lurks in the area.
“We are not aware of the (death list) but we do not believe it is farfetched and, as a result, members operating in the Division remain on alert at all times,” Chambers told Loop News.
The Hanna Town attack, according to sources, was the sixth shooting incident between cops and gunmen in the division over the last two weeks.
Prior to the Hanna Town incident, two men were fatally shot and one high powered rifle and a hand gun recovered in an Arnett Gardens community known as Zimbabwe.