Jamaican police says US citizen among 2 killed by gunshots during robbery in western town

Two people, including a U.S. citizen, were fatally shot and a third person was wounded during a shooting that erupted when police confronted gunmen who were trying to rob a business in a coastal town in western Jamaica, authorities said Sunday.

Police did not release the American man's identity.

The Jamaica Observer said the U.S. 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. It is not a community frequented by tourists.

In a statement, the Jamaican Constabulary Force gave few details. It said that shots were fired during the robbery and that a foreign national was killed and another person was wounded. It added that a fugitive identified only by the nickname "Bigga" also was shot and later pronounced dead at a hospital.

A police spokesman did not return calls seeking clarification on whether the American man was caught in crossfire between law enforcers and criminals as the local newspaper reported.

In the statement, police said a 9-mm pistol was seized from the man identified as Bigga, who it characterized as one of the parish's most wanted men. It said he was wanted for crimes including murder, rape and armed robbery.

An independent commission that investigates alleged abuses by Jamaica's security forces has started an investigation.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica said it was waiting for additional details from the Jamaican police before making any comment.