Police shooting sparks protest
The killing of an "area don" by the
police during a shoot-out off Mountain View Avenue, Kinston early yesterday morning
sparked a protest by residents of the community.
They blocked the major thoroughfare with debris in the afternoon
but a large contingent of police cleared the blockage and kept peace in the area.
The police said that Sylvester "Punky" Wint, 30, used
a small child as a shield while engaging them in a gunfight about 2:30, but they shot him
dead. However, protesters in the area said Wint was killed in cold blood.
"That is what they say every day," Supt. Reneto Adams
of the Police Eastern Kingston Division told The Gleaner. "When a man comes
out of a house with guns blazing at the police we can't wait, nor can we make him
Supt. Adams said that about 1 o'clock a police service vehicle
on patrol on Mountain View Avenue was fired on by gunmen, hitting a policeman who had to
be admitted to hospital.>
Members of the security forces keep the peace on
Mountain View Avenue, Kingston, yesterday following a demonstration by residents over the
killing of a man wanted by the police.
Later that morning, Supt. Adams said, he led a
team of about 25 policemen and policewomen to communities off Mountain View Avenue such as
Jacques Road, Backbush, Saunders Lane and Burgher Gully. He said they were shot at by
gunmen and they fired back.
"I got intelligence that one of these gunmen was at 51A
Mountain View Avenue. We cordoned off the house and I ordered the occupants to come out of
the house," Supt. Adams said.
After an initial delay, he said, Wint ran through the
front door, an infant in his left arm and firing a handgun with his right. Supt. Adams
said the police took cover and Wint ran to the northern side of the yard, dropped the
infant baby continued firing at the police. He was shot and was taken to the Kingston
Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A 9mm semi-automatic pistol with six cartridges was taken from
him. A search of the house revealed 32 pieces of crack cocaine in a room occupied by
Wint's mother and girlfriend, Supt. Adams said.
Dorothy Hines, 64, and Nicola Sterling, 26, were charged with
possession of crack cocaine and dealing in the drug. The unharmed infant was taken into
custody with Sterling, the child's mother.
Supt. Adams said that Wint had been wanted for three murders in
Grant's Pen, St. Andrew, the most recent occurring on Saturday evening and other major