Arnel Joseph is among several dead after an exchange of gunfire near Port-au-Prince.
One of Haiti’s most powerful gang leaders, Arnel Joseph, was killed on Friday, a day after he and dozens of others held in prison to burst It killed at least eight people, including the prison director, authorities said.
Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers told The Associated Press that Joseph was riding a motorcycle in the Artibonite region of the town of L’Estère when he was spotted by a police checkpoint. police. He said Joseph pulled out a gun and exchanged gunfire with the police. Desrosiers said the unidentified driver of the motorcycle was injured but fled.
Joseph ran the Village de Dieu, or Village de Dieu, a slum in downtown Port-au-Prince, and other communities, including some in Artibonite, which is Haiti’s largest department and located in north of the capital. He was Haiti’s most wanted fugitive until his arrest in 2019.
Some suspect the jailbreak was aimed at freeing Joseph, although authorities did not provide details on who organized the breakout or why. Residents who refused to be identified because they feared for their lives told the AP they saw gunmen shoot prison guards on Thursday before inmates escaped from the civilian prison de la Croix-des-Bouquets in the northeast of Port-au-Prince.
It is not known how many detainees escaped, although Desrosiers said at least 40 were recaptured.
The prison is known for an escape in 2014 in which more than 300 of the 899 inmates who were held there at the time escaped.
President Jovenel Moise said in a tweet that he condemned the jailbreak and asked people to stay calm. He added that the Haitian National Police “is instructed to take all measures to bring the situation under control”.