Editorial Staff
7 months ago

Editorial Staff
7 months ago

Officers Involved in Chase and Shooting of Mannie Taken Off Frontline Duty

The two officers involved in the chase and the subsequent shooting of Mannie James have reportedly been taken off frontline duty to undergo counselling.  

This information was disclosed during this morning’s Cabinet press briefing by Superintendent Lesborne Michael from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

Michael was invited to the press conference to answer questions from reporters on the matter.

James, 45, who was shot by law enforcement personnel in Grays Farm on Monday night, was unarmed and at least one bullet entered through his back, according to police.

Police say James was fatally shot during a chase that began during a routine stop-and-search operation on Lauchland Benjamin Drive.

After the vehicle chase came to an end, eyewitnesses report that the man; a ski operator- attempted to evade lawmen on foot.

As part of their investigation, Michael confirmed that no firearms were found on the man or in his vehicle.

James and two passengers escaped during the chase, and their identities remain unknown, according to the Superintendent.

Michael said although James did not have a criminal record, he was known to the police.

In a press statement a day after the tragic incident, lawmen said 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, they claimed a vehicle was spotted with three occupants inside “acting suspiciously”

The cops say they signaled the driver to stop; however, the vehicle turned around and sped away from the scene. A pursuit immediately ensued.

In their statement, the police claimed further that 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 according to their claims and he [Mannie] 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.

But eyewitnesses say James appeared to be unarmed as the shots were fired at his retreating back

Residents described Mannie as peaceful and hardworking; a man who toiled seven days a week to provide for his partner and their son and daughter.

A video widely circulated on social media shows a man being chased by uniformed officers. Another shows the man on the ground as officers appear to attempt to handcuff him. A third shows him unresponsive, being dragged along the ground, before being thrown unceremoniously into the open bed of a police pick-up.

James, a father of two, was in a longtime relationship with Mariesa Hixon who told reporters that she heard the commission on that dreadful night, “running inside her house in terror as the shots rang out”

Up until yesterday, Mannie’s children were not told that their father had died, although they witness the incident.

Meanwhile, the Police administration say they are saddened by the unfortunate outcome of the incident and expressed sympathy to the victim’s family.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Atlee Rodney appealed to the general public to continue cooperating with the police in the lawful execution of their duties, especially during these stop-and-search operations.

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Someone need to chase and shoot them back

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    • Anonymous

      If the deceased was on the run, why would he stop to let out someone in Otto’s, then on the run again and then stop to let out another person and reached to his home where his family lives, if he knew that the police were chasing him. I believe that when the man got home, he was running into his home to his family

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    • B Bique

      Yes they need to . They are taking this killung thing for a joke..and is time for the government to give the policemen a really serious punishment to teach a lesson so they will think twice cause they will continue because they r always making them get way. Time to stop the police time to teach them killers life time is life time not 25years and they should not be eating tax payers money.

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      • Anonymous

        Now we are understanding that, there were2 bullets in the man’s body. One in his stomach and one in his back. If his family saw him being shot, it really mean that the man was going to his home, when they shot him in the stomach, so the man started to run away, then they shot him in the back again. Have mercy Lord!
        Then they present their alledged story. Everyone has their story to tell. God knows it all. I do hope that those 2 alledged other so called men they said were let out of the car, will come forward and stand up for the cause of their so called friends or families. Who really know, but God. Give thanks. God is Good!

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