A Jamaican man who was on the run in the United States following the shooting of a state trooper last month, was killed on Friday in New York by officers during a shoot-out with them.

The deceased has been identified as 35-year-old Andre Sterling.

Investigators confirmed that Sterling was a native of Jamaica, but they could not determine whether he had permanent residence in the US.

The New York Times reported that lawmen tracked Sterling to an apartment in the Wakefield section of the Bronx in New York, after him being on the run for two weeks.

Further reports are that about 5:30 am, marshals knocked on the door of the Bronx apartment and were invited inside by a man.

Shortly after, Sterling reportedly emerged from another section of the building and opened fire, hitting two of the marshals.

The law enforcers then took evasive action and returned the gunfire, hitting the Jamaican.

When the gunfire subsided, Sterling was found dead.

The man who had initially answered the door to the apartment, sustained a head injury, but was “expected to survive”, police reports stated.

Of the two injured marshals, one sustained a leg wound, while the other was shot in a leg and an arm. They too are expected to survive the injuries that were sustained.

Sterling was wanted on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, weapons possession, assault and battery with a firearm, car theft and unauthorised use of a stolen vehicle in relation to the November 20 shooting of rookie trooper, John Lennon.

In that incident, Sterling was pulled over in a stolen car by the young trooper at about 11:30 pm near the village of Hyannis, the Massachusetts State police said, according to the New York Times.

Sterling later pulled a gun and fired, hitting the trooper. The bullet went through the lawman’s hand and hit his bulletproof vest. He was hospitalised for several days and has since recovered.

Of note, the stolen car aided police investigators to track down the Jamaican to New York.

Meanwhile, Sterling was also wanted on two other warrants in Massachusetts, including one for identity theft, as well as a narcotics charge in Wyoming, police in that country stated.


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