'Like a scene from a movie' as cops, wanted man trade bullets in Ironshore

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Nico Samuels

o/c 'Bowza' - wanted for a triple murder in St. James in 2017

St James' most wanted man Nico Samuels otherwise called 'Bowza', has been shot dead and two policemen injured in an intense gun battle at a house in the upscale community of Hatfield, Ironshore in the parish on Saturday.

The reported shootout lasted close to two hours, police sources say, and residents in Ironshore are describing the events that unfolded as a "scene from a movie".

Reports are that about 1:45 p.m., members of a joint police/military team, acting on information, went to an apartment in the upscale area of Ironshore to search for the fugitive, who was wanted for a triple murder committed in 2017.

When the members of the team reached the location they came under heavy gunfire, which was returned

Residents from the community, who took to social media to talk about the incident, said they were left cowering in fear as the sounds of gun shot rang out through the air even as members of the police team tried to corner the wanted man who managed to keep the team at bay for a period of time during the standoff.

"It was like a scene from a movie to the amount of gunshot me hear," said one social media user, who said he lives close to the area where the incident took place.

Police report that at the end of the exchange the man was found suffering from gunshot wounds. Two firearms were reportedly recovered.

The injured man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Two police men who were injured during the exchange have since been admitted.