BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - POLICE are still probing a shooting incident involving one of their own in the Sandy Point area that left one person injured and an officer on a cloud of suspicion.
The incident, which occurred on January 30, 2021, saw police being called to an area in Sandy Point to address a concern of a 7-year-old being beaten by his father.
Police reported that when the officer arrived at the scene, the assailant was “behaving in a violent manner and used threatening language. He refused to cooperate with their instructions”.
They further stated: “The Anti-Gang Unit was summoned to provide assistance. While there, the assailant continued behaving in a violent manner. He advanced towards the Officers with a knife, swung the knife at them, and threatened to kill one of them. He was warned and refused to comply with the commands of the Officers. As a result, he was shot in the legs by members of the Anti-Gang Unit.”
Concerned citizens questioned why the officers could not have controlled one individual who was wielding a weapon, and why members of the Anti-Gang Unit were also unsuccessful in doing so.
In providing an update on the investigation to SKNVibes, Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy explained that “the matter is still under investigation and it will go before the court to determine whether the defendant is right or wrong”.
The officer would have to justify his actions before the court, Brandy noted.
According to the Top Cop, “When you have a shooting like that there must be an investigation, and that does not mean that the officer is right or is wrong,- but you will have to investigate.”