Retired SSP Hewitt killed by gunmen

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Anthony 'Tony' Hewitt, succumbed to his injuries yesterday evening hours after he was ambushed by two gunmen who shot him at least three times.

The retired senior officer, who served the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for more than three decades and quit in the early 2000s, was attacked by the gunmen shortly after 1 p.m., immediately after he drove into an apartment complex on Donmair Close in St Andrew.

Reports are that, as he alighted from the car, he was surprised by the two gunmen, one of whom stuck a gun to his neck and whispered in his ear.

Residents said the retired police officer fought off his attackers and then ran back to his car.

While running back to his car, they opened fire, hitting him in the hand, foot and buttocks. Hewitt managed to reach into his car, grabbed his licensed firearm and took on the gunmen.

Reports are that the attack on Hewitt was a reprisal for a recent incident in which a man from a nearby community was shot by the police.

He was the commanding officer for the Flying Squad Unit in downtown Kingston for many years, the Special Anti-Crime Task Force and a number of elite teams, which originated out of the Criminal Investigation Branch.