Josiah “Siah Boss” Mc Clatchie

Another dancehall artiste has been shot dead by police.

Josiah “Siah Boss” Mc Clatchie was the second artiste to be killed by police over a 48-hour period.

According to a police report, police were at Sun Valley Road, Lower Santa Cruz at 5.30 pm Sunday investigation a report of a suspicious vehicle with men armed with firearms.

The officers allegedly saw the vehicle driving towards them and crashed into the police vehicle following an order to stop.

Police claim the driver exited the vehicle with a gun and pointed it in their direction.

Police said they fired at the man who ran off. Police say that when he was held they realised he was shot and took him to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where he was later pronounced dead.

The other two occupants of the vehicle, a 23-year-old and a 20-year-old both firearm offenders of Picton Road, Laventille, were subsequently detained for questioning.

Police allegedly found and seized one Smith & Wesson pistol fitted with a magazine containing four rounds of 9mm ammunition in Mc Clatchie’s possession.

They also found and seized one Black Beretta pistol fitted with a magazine containing five rounds of 9 mm ammunition from under the floor mat of the left front seat.

On Saturday, police officers allegedly shot and killed Jaheim Joseph, 19, who was known in the local dancehall scene as “Chucky Blanco.”

That incident occurred near his home in Laventille. Police claimed Joseph pointed a gun at them, but his friends and neighbours alleged that he was killed unjustly.

Mclatchie is the 32nd person to be killed during police-involved shootings for the year so far.

Police sources have reassured the public that local dancehall artistes are not targeted by police officers but criminal activities are “heavily being monitored by the police and law enforcement officers will respond accordingly if and when threatened by criminal elements.”

“Young people especially young men should take in mind who they have as friends and what being in their company entails if it involves illegal guns, drugs or taking part in any illegal activities because the police is working feverishly in going after criminal elements,” a police source said.

Mclatchie’s relatives have declined to comment, however, sources close to Mclatchie said that Mclatchie was a member of the Rasta City Gang and had recently crossed over to the Muslim Gang.

On July 4, 2020 Mclatchie was part of a peace deal agreement that was made by a group of Trinidad artistes from opposing sides, some with alleged affiliations to the Rasta City and Muslim gangs who came together.