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Hunts Bay escapee shot dead by police 

One of eight inmates who escaped from the Hunts Bay lock-up in St Andrew on Sunday has been shot dead.

The deceased has been identified as Leroy Burrell, otherwise called ‘Calibre’, ‘Thick Man’ or ‘Baby King’, of an area of Majesty Gardens in St Andrew known as ‘Zinc Fence’.

Reports are that Burrell was shot dead by the police during a shootout in the mangroves close to the Portmore Toll Plaza on Monday morning.

Burrell – who was being held on three counts of murder, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, and robbery with aggravation – was one of eight inmates who escaped from a holding area at the Hunts Bay facility while a COVID-19 prevention sanitisation exercise was being done at a section of the lock-ups.

Six of the escapees now remain on the lam following Burrell’s killing and the earlier surrender of another inmate, Ricardo Johnson.

The police said Johnson was on Sunday brought in by his attorney and his mother.

Meanwhile, police have stepped up their search for the other men, and are seeking the public’s assistance in recapturing them.

They are:

Eighteen-year-old Shavar Smith, otherwise called ‘Boy Boy’, of Crescent Road, Kingston, who was being held for one count of murder.

Twenty-five-year-old Maldine Lemmon, otherwise called ‘Mallo’, of Espute Avenue, Kingston 13 and Bob Marley Boulevard in Kingston 2, who was being held for one count of murder.

Thirty-one-year-old Michael Ellis of Ramsey Road, Kingston 13 and New Green District in Manchester, who was charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition and robbery.

Thirty-one-year-old Nicholas Petrie, otherwise called ‘Nico’ or ‘Game Cock’, of Sea Breeze, Bournemouth Gardens, Kingston 2 and Kent Lane, Franklyn Town, Kingston 16, who was in custody for murder, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, housebreaking and rape.

Twenty-three-year-old Rojae Gaynor, otherwise called ‘Screechy’, of Varma Road, Kingston 11, who was charged with robbery and breaches of the anti-gang legislation.

Twenty-three-year-old Kenouir Holness, otherwise called ‘Oliver’ or ‘Grimmy’, of Waltham Park Road, Kingston 11.

The police are urging the other escapees to turn themselves in, and are reminding family members, residents and associates that it is an offence to harbour a criminal.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the escapees is being asked to contact the Hunts Bay Police at 876-948-6443, the police 119 emergency number, Crime Stop at 311, or the nearest police station.