Police Shoot Mentally Unstable Man in Soufriere
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.