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Police shoot, kill WASA worker

By Ryan Hamilton-Davis Monday, July 28 2014

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SHOT BY POLICE: JAMEL CHARLES...
SHOT BY POLICE: JAMEL CHARLES...

POLICE shot and killed an El Socorro man yesterday, after they were allegedly shot at by the suspect.


The dead man has been identified as Jamel Ecliff Charles, 34, an employee of the Water and Sewerage Authority, of 1C Goose Lane, El Socorro.

Charles, it is alleged, was previously charged for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, wounding with intent by shooting and abusive language.

According to police reports, a team of officers from the North Eastern Division Task Force, led by Sgt Cornelius Samuel, went to Goose Lane, El Socorro, acting on information of armed suspects involved in illegal narcotics transactions.

The policemen encountered three suspects, two of whom began running, while Charles, in a bid to escape also, fired several shots at the police.

The officers returned fire and Charles was injured. A Glock 40 calibre handgun with several rounds of ammunition was recovered and Charles was rushed to hospital where he died.

No police officers were injured.

Speaking with Newsday yesterday, Charles’ wife Nayo Mitchell said her husband had just come outside with her while she was buying bread.

“I went to the shop, I bought a loaf of whole wheat bread. I was walking in the street he was near the corner with a young man. He came towards me and he was playing with his youngest son, Njisane.

He said give him (Njisane) to me I told him no because his pampers were wet. My mother called me to bring the child inside. He told Njisane “bye bye” and started kissing him up. I told him don’t say bye tell him later. By the time I got in the living room I heard gunshots. I put my two other sons, Mickel and Jaheim to lie down on the ground in the living room because the shots were so loud that it seemed like it was inside the house they were coming from.

“Never in a million years I would have thought that just a short distance away from our home, I would have heard my husband get shot. And for what? Jaheim not talking to me. I don’t know what to tell him. I am catching myself staring at the bedroom door expecting him to walk through it. I haven’t slept. They fail to realise that they have children too. I was preparing for my son’s birthday, but instead of that I have to plan a funeral. Where is the fairness in that? To go from a birthday to a funeral?” said a sobbing Mitchell.

The emotional wife yesterday told reporters that her husband was a loving and helpful person. While police claim that Charles was previously charged for possession of cocaine with the intent to sell and using obscene language, Mitchell claims that she was only aware of the obscene language charge, and that incident took place years ago.

An autopsy report is expected to be done on Charles’ body today at the Forensic Sciences Centre in St James.

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