Police: American killed in Jamaica during robbery

Man killed in shooting in Jamaica from Pleasant Prairie
Police: American killed in Jamaica during robbery

Jamaican authorities say a U.S. citizen was one of two people killed during a shooting that erupted when police confronted gunmen who were trying to rob a business in a coastal town in western Jamaica.

The Jamaica Observer says the American man was hit in the crossfire between police and robbers Saturday evening in Savanna-La-Mar, the main town in the western parish of Westmoreland, which  is not a community frequented by tourists.

TMJ4 in Milwaukee confirmed Monday the tourist killed in Jamaica is David Banes from Pleasant Prairie.

Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, knew Barnes and describes him as a generous man who cared a great deal for the Kenosha community.

“I think so many people throughout our community will be grieving that loss,” said Barca. “Certainly our hearts go out to his family.”

Barca helped set up the Boys and Girls Club in Kenosha, a nonprofit Barnes became active in and helped support.

“He’s the kind of citizen that will donate generously any time there’s an auction, or put in prizes,” said Barca. “He takes an interest and meets with leaders of charitable organizations in the Kenosha area.”

Barnes was also a member of the Kenosha Chamber of Commerce.

Authorities said a fugitive identified only by the nickname “Bigga” was also shot and killed.

According to police, a 9mm pistol was seized from the man identified as Bigga, who they characterize as one of the parish’s most wanted men. They say he was wanted in connection with crimes including murder, rape and armed robbery.

An investigation is underway.