Senior Superintendent Michael Phipps, head of the Kingston Western Police
By Clinton McGregor
The Kingston Western police are on high alert following the fatal shooting of a reputed gang leader by the police in the division Friday morning.
Nackeem Mullings, otherwise called 'Jacka Diamond', was shot dead during a reported confrontation with the police shortly after midnight along Sunlight Street in the vicinity Maxfield, Avenue.
Head of the Kingston Western Police Senior Superintendent Michael Phipps said Mullings, 37, and his cronies had earlier robbed a taxi operator of his Toyota Probox motor vehicle along Molynes Road in St. Andrew when they encountered a police patrol team along Sunlight Street about 12:35 a.m.
The vehicle reportedly stopped and one man ran after which the driver, Mullings, exited the car and opened fire at the police. The police returned gunfire, hitting him.
The cops also recovered a Glock pistol with two rounds of ammunition.
Mullings is said to be the leader of the Top Sunlight Street gang.
Residents blocked a section of Maxfield Avenue on Friday to protest the fatal shooting.
SSP Phipps said the cops have been placed on high alert after threats were issued by associates of the deceased.
"I would really like to warn these persons not to carry out any such threats. We will advise also that our officers have been placed on high alert and are very prepared to defend any action that may threaten our safety and security," he declared.