Steve Earle, o/c ‘Cha Cha’, who has since turned himself over to the police
  • Wanted man turns himself in

Barrington Flemming – Staff Reporter

A police constable is now in serious but stable condition in hospital, following a brazen gun attack on him on Sunday at Hendon, Norwood in Montego Bay, St. James, while one of the alleged attackers is now in police custody as crime fighters struggle to piece together the circumstances which could have led to the attack on the lawman.

Reports are that the police constable, identified as Sheldon Murray of the St. James Police Division, was visiting a friend when he was pounced upon by two men armed with guns who shot him several times. He reportedly received eight shots to the chest and arm.

Brandon Stora

He was rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he reportedly underwent emergency surgery.

Following the attack, the police listed two men, 23-year-oldBrandon Stora, otherwise called ‘Cha Cha’, of Paradise Housing Scheme, Norwood in St. James and Steve Earle, otherwise called ‘Pedro’, ‘Monster’, ‘Forehead’ and ‘Shane’, welder of Hendon, Norwood.

Wanted in connection with the shooting of the police constable, they were called on to turn themselves in to the police by midday on Tuesday.

 Earle heeded the call and accompanied by his lawyer, turned himself in to the police on Tuesday approximately 11:40 a.m.  Stora, however, failed to show.

The police in the meantime have launched a manhunt for Stora and are asking anyone with information which can assist them in locating him to call the Montego Bay Police Station at 876-953-6191, Crime Stop at 311, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.

Citizens are being reminded that it is not only an offence to harbour criminals and provide a safe haven for them, but it also places the lives of family and friends at risk.