Three men are now dead following a standoff with police in Diego Martin yesterday.

Reports state that officers received information that three men were preparing to carry out a hit at around 11:30 am. Officers reportedly intercepted the vehicle in which the suspects were travelling at Broome Street, La Puerta, just after noon.

Reports further reveal that one of the men drew a weapon and shot at the officers who became fearful and returned fire at the men.

17-year-old Kirk Stewart of La Puerta; 24-year-old Joshima Oxley of Bagatelle, Diego Martin and 25-year-old Akile Mc Gilvery, of Four Roads, Diego Martin were shot.

Stewart and Oxley died at the scene while Mc Gilvery passed away at hospital.

A search is on for another suspect who reportedly exited the vehicle and fled the scene.