Deacons three die in shootout
BLOODY PILE-UP screamed the headline of June 23, 1993, next to a graphic photograph of three dead young men connected to the troubled Deacons Farm, St Michael area.
“Kachar” and the “Brown Bread Brothers” were brought down in Melrose, St Thomas, after months of being hunted by police in connection with armed robberies and other violent crimes.
For a long time, the “Melrose shootout” that claimed the lives of Ronald Codrington, 17, Ezra White, 18, and Devere Headley, 21, was all anybody could talk about. Indeed, for a while leading up to their deaths, the actions of the trio were all anybody could talk about too, as they filled Barbadians with dread in the days of bloody clashes with the CNN Gang.
Especially in Deacons, residents stayed indoors after hours and other residents feared travelling through the area after dark since it was never certain when the men would strike.
A combined special squad of the Task Force and the Serious Crime unit finally found them at the home of Headley’s relative, three days after a shooting incident in the same Deacons.
When their calls to surrender were met with gunshots, the lawmen and the fugitives traded gunfire. When the smoke cleared, the shirtless bodies, one of them still clutching a .357 Magnum, were found inside the house.
In spite of the fear by some residents in the men’s former hometown, others felt that the men should have been flushed out differently so that they would have survived.
Flashback: June 23, 1993.