Po­lice Shoot Men­tally Un­sta­ble Man in Soufriere

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By

STAR Re­porter who was present, at­tempted to ren­der as­sis­tance but sus­tained a gun­shot wound to the left leg, an of­fi­cial po­lice press state­ment in­di­cates. It adds that Jn. Bap­tiste al­legedly lost con­scious­ness in the river and at that point another po­lice of­fi­cer dis­charged one round of am­mu­ni­tion at Joseph, hit­ting him in the torso.

Later, the three in­jured in­di­vid­u­als, namely Con­sta­ble Jn. Bap­tiste, Con­sta­ble Darcheville and Joseph were all trans­ported via am­bu­lance to the Soufriere Hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal treat­ment.

The po­lice of­fi­cers were sub­se­quently con­veyed via am­bu­lance to the St. Jude Hos­pi­tal for fur­ther med­i­cal treat­ment. The said am­bu­lance was at­tacked by an an­gry mob re­sult­ing in dam­age to win­dows and doors.

Sev­eral res­i­dents of New De­vel­op­ment Soufriere have ex­pressed anger at the ac­tions of the po­lice, claim­ing that the de­ceased was not a vi­o­lent man. Some gave slightly dif­fer­ent ac­counts to the of­fi­cial po­lice ac­count. Ac­cord­ing to one eye-wit­ness, dur­ing the en­counter in the river one of­fi­cer had the vic­tim pinned down by us­ing his feet at the vic­tim’s throat while sev­eral shots were fired, fa­tally wound­ing him.

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