Saturday 7 December, 2019

Entrepot Secondary Devastated: Fifth Former Killed by Police

Almost two days after shooting at a vehicle and killing one of its occupants - a 17-year-old student - police are still tight-lipped about the incident. Meanwhile, the school in the Castries basin the student attended is still in shock.

Arnold Joseph was cut down by police bullets Wednesday night on Chaussee Road near the La Pansee Junction after the vehicle he was in failed to obey a police directive to stop.

He was a fifth former at the Entrepot Secondary School writing the external Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC).

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Staff and fifth-formers of the secondary school were devastated on hearing the news, more so since the deceased student was last seen by some of them a day before his passing.

The school has declined an invitation to comment on Joseph’s passing but students who know him say he is someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who had his own DJing gig on a side.

Joseph was in the vehicle with two others, a 19-year-old and a 28-year-old when the shootout occurred. Theories abound as to his reason for being on board the vehicle at that time of the night. One theory was that he was given a ride home from one of his DJing gigs earlier.

Police have confirmed that the Major Crimes Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force are investigating the incident and that investigations are still at a preliminary stage, hence their unwillingness to talk about the incident at this time.

But police yesterday released a brief statement on the incident saying that “on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, about 10:30 p.m. officers attached to the Special Services Unit, whilst on mobile patrol received information regarding a suspicious motor vehicle, at Reclamation Grounds, Castries.”

According to the statement “the responding officers made attempts to stop a white Toyota Lancer, registration number PE3191, but to no avail. The motor vehicle in question failed to stop, venturing through one-way streets about the city, contravening traffic regulations.”

The statement continues, “during an attempt to apprehend the individuals, one individual was fatally shot, whilst a second was non-fatally injured. A third male was arrested without injury. One 9mm firearm was recovered by officers from the said individuals.”

Police are calling on anyone with information regarding this matter to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 456 3754.

The vehicle with the three young men was registered in Saint Lucia in 2011. Neither of the three men had been in trouble with the law before the incident.

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