Editorial Staff
7 months ago

Editorial Staff
7 months ago

Police Say Several Shots Were Fired at Them Before Returning Fire

The police are continuing investigations into the circumstances surrounding a shooting incident that left one man dead.

Around 9 pm on Monday, 31st July, the police and members of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force were in the area of Lauchland Benjamin Drive, conducting a joint stop-and-search operation. While on the scene, a vehicle was spotted with three occupants inside acting suspiciously. The driver was signaled to stop; however, the vehicle turned around and sped away from the scene. A pursuit immediately ensued.

During the chase, several shots were fired at the police vehicle and the police returned fire. It was further reported that two occupants alighted from the said vehicle and escaped on foot; one in the Otto’s area, and the other at Gray Hill. The chase ended at Grays Farm when the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

The officers continue pursuing the assailant and he was subsequently apprehended with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his body. He was transported to the Sir Lester Bird Medical Center and was later pronounced dead. The deceased is a 45-year-old man from Bendals.

The Police Administration is saddened by the unfortunate outcome of this incident and expresses sympathy to the victim’s family. The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Atlee Rodney is appealing to the general public to continue cooperating with the police in the lawful execution of their duties, especially during these stop-and-search operations.

The commissioner is further assuring the general public that the police will continue working in their best interest in ensuring the safety and security of every citizen and visitor in the country.

The police are asking members of the public for information in connection with this incident. Anyone with information can contact the Criminal Investigations Department at 462-3913 or the Crimestoppers Hotline at 800-Tips (8477).


  1. Thoughtful

    There is video that seem to give a different account of events. Police crime is crime, police murder is murder and police crime cover up is also crime.

    • Mae

      The video only showed what happened in Gray’s Farm. We need a video that shows from when the vehicle turned around at the stop and search junction according to the police report in this article. Were the police wearing body camera’s during their stop and search??

      • Father-Mello

        He was transported to the hospital by whom and why?

      • Dayquan Bramble

        Police need to invest in body cams an not all these vehicles

    • Mikey Mouse

      There’s always criminal sympathizers and advocates in every police shooting incident against police doing their jobs (protect and serve) until they themselves become victims.

      If this person was so innocent, why’d he flee the scene?
      What if he crashed into you or someone you loved while speeding to avoid the police?
      What if he had hit an innocent mother walking with her child on the road?

      If memory serves me right, a few years back, the deceased was involved in a robbery at Percival Service Station where was once employed and while fleeing the scene was shot and apprehended by the police on St. Mary’s street, convicted and served time.

      So this was not a model citizen.

      The police get blamed for not doing a good enough job and they get blamed for doing a good job. Dammed if they do, dammed if they don’t.

      I’m sick and tired of idiots within our community that use social media and talk nonsense as if the police are actively hunting these men down and executing them.

      He saw a police check point, he fled, why did he flee?
      What was in the car that they didn’t want the cops to find?
      Who are the other occupants and what did they take away from the car when they ran off?

      These are the questions you should asking instead of acting as if these were school teachers dropping off homework to their students.

      Give me a break.

      • Good job

        I couldnt say it any better

      • Father-Mello

        Do you have any evidence of other people being dropped off…Are there bullet holes in any of the mention vehicles in the Chase…

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