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Alleged gang leader killed by police

One of the three men shot and killed in the police-involved shooting on Friday was Jamal Penn, also known as Tony Smith, who went by the street alias, “Fool”, The Nassau Guardian understands.

One of the other men killed by police on Friday was confirmed to be Trevor Cooper, a 23-year-old who was charged with murder in 2017.

He was later acquitted at trial.

Police shot and killed three men in a home off Eastern Road Friday morning after the men opened fire at officers who had attempted to execute a search warrant, Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash said.

The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. in a pink and white building on Newgate Road in the Blair Estates community, Cash said.

Smith, the alleged leader of the “Border Boys” gang, had been charged with and acquitted for several murders in recent years.

In 2014, charges against Smith for the February 8, 2012 shooting death of his cousin, Tristan Bartlett, were dropped just days after he was released from prison on $8,000 bail.

He had been awaiting trial for the March 2, 2012 shooting death of club owner Eugene Stuart as he arrived at his home in Faith Gardens.

In 2012, prosecutors dropped two murder cases against Smith.

He was accused of the January 7, 2008 drive-by shooting death of Deangelo Cargill while Cargill was at a bus stop at Frederick Street and Bay Street.

A judge ordered a retrial in the case in 2009 after jurors could not reach a decision in the trial.

While on bail for that case, Smith was charged with the February 18, 2010 shooting death of Randol Thompson at Augusta Street.

Prosecutors also dropped that case.

Friday’s police-involved shooting was the third incident for this year, leaving a total of five people dead, according to The Guardian’s records.

There were 11 people who died after violent interactions with police in 2018.

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Laurent started at The Nassau Guardian in May 2018 as a paginator. He transitioned to reporting in February 2019. Laurent has covered multiple crime stories. He is the author of “Yello”, which was published in February 2019.
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