A police officer attached to the Western Division Task Force has been killed in the line of duty.
Police Constable Gilkes was shot and killed while on mobile patrol at Rich Plain Road in Diego Martin.
According to reports, at about 3pm on Friday, officers of the Western Division Task Force went to Richplain Road, Diego Martin with a search warrant for a man wanted by the police. While at the location, officers allegedly came under heavy gunfire. The officers took cover and returned fire at the assailants.
PC Gilkes was hit in the crossfire. He was placed into a police vehicle and taken to the St. James Infirmary. He died while undergoing treatment.
Police and soldiers are searching for the assailants.