Dea­cons three die in shootout

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Heritage -

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.

Spe­cial squad

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.

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