In a tweet this afternoon, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said he was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden unexpected passing of Superintendent Clunis.
I am truly shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the unexpected passing of Superintendent Leon Clunis.— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) June 30, 2020
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Superintendent Leon Clunis and the entire JCF. pic.twitter.com/Z4NlPX3Ix4
Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang in his Sectoral presentation in parliament today paused to give his condolences to the family and friends of Superintendent Clunis. “He was a good man, a fine officer. We have lost three very fine Jamaicans,” Dr Chang said.
On June 12, an 11-member team led by Superintendent Clunis were on their way to carry out an operation in Horizon Park, Spanish Town after receiving information that there were gunmen with high powered weapons at the residence. There was a gun fight and four policemen were shot. Two of the officers — Detective Corporal Dane Biggs and Constable Decardo Hylton — died in that operation, while Clunis and another officer were admitted to hospital.
Shadow Minister of National Security Fitz Jackson said he was saddened by the death of Superintendent Clunis.
Mr. Jackson said Supt Clunis was a crime fighter who was determined to face down criminal enterprises in any form to ensure the safety and protection of the Jamaican people.
“He gave dedicated service as a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in various ranks and capacities with distinction,” Mr. Jackson said.
Supt Clunis headed the Lotto Scam Task Force at the height of scamming activities in St James, dismantling underground operations and bringing many scammers to book.
He has been at the forefront of crime fighting in a number of divisions and will be missed for his efforts, his wealth of experience and his engaging personality.
The Shadow Minister said the death of Supt Clunis, Det. Corporal Biggs and Cons Hylton should serve to further deepen our national resolve to rid Jamaica of violent criminal operatives once and for all.
“I offer my deepest condolences to the families and colleagues of our fallen crime fighters,” Mr. Jackson said.
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