Prisoner shot and killed by police at St Vincent court building

The prisoner, Anthony “Scarface” Hamilton, who was recently released from prison after spending 17 years for rape, was in court to answer a robbery charge.

Unconfirmed reports said he tried to escape and was shot in the vicinity of the washroom of the court, located on the ground floor. Prior to the shooting, Hamilton had been in the holding area of the Serious Offences Court, located on the first floor of the same building.

Gonsalves, who is also National Security Minister, told a news conference that while he had been briefed on the incident, he is still awaiting a written report from the police.

“I have been briefed broadly, that is to say, the name, identity of the person and very broadly the circumstances as to how he met his death. But I have not received a written report which I have requested, and which normally the Commissioner (of Police) will send,” he said.

He said the head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Sydney James, was leading the investigation.

“Naturally, he will have to interview all the people there. You will appreciate it is very recent,” Gonsalves said, adding “ it is unfortunate when any individual meets his death in a sudden or unnatural manner. And I speak like that as a human being.

“I think we all would even though the person may have certain antecedents which may not predispose you to be their friend, that you would nevertheless feel saddened because a human life is lost in a tragic manner in a sudden unnatural way and that, I think is the most I can say at the moment, really.”

A Kingstown court had recently freed Hamilton of a charge that he had threatened the life of Gonsalves.

Hamilton’s death brings to four the number of people shot by police over the past 10 days.

The three other persons, two revelers at a rural carnival event and a man who police say escaped from a station during questioning, survived their injuries.

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