VILLAGERS PRAISE POLICE FOR KILLING CRIMINAL
Residents of Basse Terre, Moruga said police officers saved a villager from certain death after they shot and killed his attacker.
As 29-year-old Kevon “Topee” Charles, of Bois Jean Jean, was sprawled helplessly on the roadside after being shot in his ankle, the gunman drew closer with the intent of killing him.
However, officers attached to the Moruga Police Station arrived in the nick of time and shot the suspect before he could shoot Charles again.
A relative, who lived near the scene thanked the officers involved in the shooting, saying that she could have been mourning the death of a family member. The woman said that during the 2015 murder spike in Moruga, her son was killed and his body was dumped along the Penal Rock Road.
She said she was not prepared to suffer another loss at the hands of criminals.
“I was cleaning my dasheen bush when I heard somebody say ‘I don’t business about police.’ Then I heard gunshots. When I came outside, I realised it was Topee. I am glad the police shot him. This means one less criminal coming into our community to do crime. The officers dealt with it and that is what we want to see. I am praising the Moruga police for a job well done because I could have come outside this morning and found Topee dead,” she said.
Police said the gunman, who was later identified as Kevin Stafford, of Tarodale Hills, Ste Madeleine, had pending charges of robbery, drug and firearm possession.
The incident happened around 7.25 pm as patrons left Lamb’s Palace along the Moruga Road where the Jamboulay party was held.
A report stated that as the officers, who were stationed at the party, stood outside the compound, they saw Stafford chasing Charles. Officers went in pursuit of the men and ordered Stafford to stop and drop the firearm.
He refused and shot Charles. The officers then shot the suspect several times.
Both Charles and Stafford were taken to the Princes Town District Health Facility. Stafford was pronounced dead on arrival, while Charles was transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital. The officers recovered the firearm.
ASP Ali Mohammed along with homicide detectives went to the scene and interviewed several witnesses.
Blood stains remained on the road where Stafford was shot up to yesterday. Cellphone video of the scene circulated on social media yesterday showed Stafford lying on the side of the road bleeding while traffic moved along.
Investigators said they were waiting to interview Charles to learn what led to the dispute. The promoters of Jamboulay distanced themselves from the shooting, saying that incident did not occur at the party.
One promoter said it was the first time they hosted the party and labelled it a success as there was no violence.