A police press release issued on Saturday, 22nd January, 2011, indicated that on the previous day, at about 10:15 p.m., officers stationed in Basseterre, “received a report of a burglary in the New Pond Site area” which prompted members of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to respond with immediacy, however the “burglar had already fled the area”.
“Police detectives were able to get a good description of the burglar from the victim as well as a list of some of the items that were stolen. Thereafter the detectives from the CID assisted by members of the Special Services Unit (SSU) and the Anti-Gang Unit launched a patrol in search of the suspect. While on patrol sometime around 1:00 pm this morning the police received another report of an assault which had occurred on Burden Street in the vicinity of Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFB). They again responded immediately and met up with the victim but the perpetrator had already fled the area, but again was able to get a good description of the perpetrator from the victim which seemingly matched the description gave by the victim of burglary.”
The release explained that a series of foot patrols which were launched in the Greenlands and McKnight areas resulted in the officers spotting an individual who fit the given description of the alleged perpetrator.
“The police beckoned the suspect to stop and the suspect who was at the time wearing dark coloured clothing and carrying a bag pack ran up Greenlands Park and jumped the Sugar City Rock Radio Station fence and a number of fences in the vicinity to escape the police. The police followed on the heels of the suspect surrounding the area east of Springfield Cemetery down to Greenlands Park and a number of them searched the yards where the suspect ran. The search lasted over an hour, but the officers were relentless in their pursuit.”
The police, according to the release, managed to catch up to the alleged perpetrator and because he failed to comply with their instructions, he was shot.
“…the suspect…was hiding under a raised stock pile of galvanize and they beckoned him repeatedly to come out and he refused. With flashlights on the suspect and guns pointed the police realized he reaching to his pocket and they again beckoned him not to move and he again refused. An officer then fired a single shot from his service revolver and struck the suspect in his right leg. The suspect now wearing a white shirt then crawled from beneath the galvanize pile and was searched by the police.
“The police found a dark coloured shirt and a back pack beside the suspect, a crow bar, a large knife, a long sharpened screwdriver and a cell phone positively identified to be the property of the victim of the burglary. He was then arrested on suspicion for having house breaking implements in his possession and on suspicion of burglary. Members of the Emergency Medical Services were called and they transported the suspect to the JNF Hospital where he received treatment for his injuries and is warded in stable condition under police guard.”
The individual is likely to be charged “on or shortly before (his) discharge from the hospital” and investigations into the matter continue.
Public Relations Officer to the police force Inspector Vaughan Henderson in congratulating the officers for their work expressed, “I just want to add that this is an excellent example of good police work, professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness combined and the officers must be highly commended for their bravery.”