Reggae Veteran Brigadier Jerry Arrested in Connecticut After Firing Shot inside West Indian Restaurant

Brigadier Jerry is now charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm, carry a pistol without a permit, illegal transfer of a pistol and altering a serial number on a firearm.

Robert Russell aka Brigadier Jerry Mugshot

Robert Russell aka Brigadier Jerry Mugshot

CONNECTICUT – On Monday the Waterbury Police were called to a popular Jamaican-American restaurant in Connecticut after a card game got sour when one of the players fired shots causing everyone fleeing for their lives, according to police report.

It was reported the reggae entertainer Brigadier Jerry had suspected that someone had stolen his wallet earlier during a card game, left Bertie’s West Indian and American restaurant on North Main Street and return with a gun, police said.

Officers were called at the Caribbean eatery at about 11:30pm, after the reported gunfire and reported that the restaurant was closed, but found card players inside.

Police were told Robert Russell, aged 62, who goes by the stage name ‘Brigadier Jerry’ had fired off shot into a wall sending card players running for the exit.

Bertie’s West Indian and American restaurant on North Main Street, Connecticut

Bertie’s West Indian and American restaurant on North Main Street, Connecticut

Brigadier then grabbed the cash from the table then walk out, got into a black BMW car, registered to him and drove away from the scene. No one was injured in the gunfire, according to police.

The Waterbury officers found the black BMW, as well as Russell, at 272 Hill Street a short time later. They also found a loaded pistol on the south side of the building during their search.

Robert Russell is now charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm, carry a pistol without a permit, illegal transfer of a pistol and altering a serial number on a firearm.

Robert ‘Brigadier Jerry’ Russell was held on a $250,000.00 bond.

Robert Russell popularly known as ‘Brigadier Jerry,’ ‘The General’ and ‘Briggy’ was born in Papine area, eastern Kingston in 1957, and became interested in music at an early age. Originally, he started out with Daddy U-Roy’s King Stur-Gav Hi-Fi sound system that based in Olympic Garden, Waterhouse area in Kingston alongside Josey Wales, Charlie Chaplain and Daddy Roy. Jerry first started as a stand-up comedian then switched to deejaying for a local dancehall sound systems. In 1978, he became a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel Rastafarian organization and spread their message on the Jah Love Muzik sound system. Over his decades long career he had performed all over the world and now resided in the United States.

Brigadier Jerry was instrumental with the career of his sister, who performed and recorded as Sister Nancy.

Source: Republican American News

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