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Aug 6, 2012

Men, well known to police, shooting at a home

Fitzroy Yearwood

In the courts today, twenty-six year old Brandon “Battery” Smith, and twenty year old Wilburn “Punkey” Gentle, appeared before Magistrate Dale Lino to answer to a charge of discharging a firearm in public. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge, but because the offense involved a firearm, they could not be offered bail at the Magistrate’s Court level. Magistrate Lino remanded them into custody until their next court date on September twenty-fourth. The incident for which police have charged smith and Gentle occurred on August third at around one o’clock p.m. The two allegedly fired several shots at the home of Osmond Mitchell, on Sibun Street. A police mobile patrol was on Sittee Street, a short distance away from the scene of the shooting and the officers apprehended the two accused men who were riding on separate bicycles. Scenes of Crime technicians were dispatched to the area of the shooting and recovered seven expended shells. Police Press Officer, Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood filled in the media on the details of the charges.


Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Discharging firearm in the public; we had a report filed by a police officer also; this was on Friday, the third of August. They say they were on patrol on Sittee Street where they saw Brandon Smith and Wilbur Gentle. Brandon Smith is also known as “Battery.” Wilbert Gentle is known as “Punky.” These elements are known to the law. They saw when Smith produced a black firearm and opened fire in the direction of the Mitchell’s residence on that street. These men were pursued; they were eventually captured. Police have recovered some expended shells from the scene. I am waiting for charges to be filed against these men.”


In other news, the Gang Suppression Unit has recovered a firearm from a construction site in close proximity of a police booth on Vernon Street in the Mayflower Street area. Early on Sunday afternoon in a search, the GSU found the point twenty two caliber automatic firearm; its serial number had been removed. The site is accessible from behind the Mayflower Ghost Town gang base and the GSU believes it is part of their arsenal. 

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