Sunday 5 July, 2020

Police comment on fatal Dennery J'ouvert shooting

Acting Police Commissioner in charge of Territorial Policing, George Nicholas

Acting Police Commissioner in charge of Territorial Policing, George Nicholas

Saint Lucia recorded its 29th homicide for the year when 33-year-old Kim Gustave died from a gunshot wound to his head on Saturday, August 10, 2019, during a carnival activity in La Ressource, Dennery.

Reports are that Gustave was watching J'ouvert activities in the community when he was fatally shot point-blank in the forehead.

Police today acknowledged that about 5:15 that Saturday morning, officers who were working the activity were alerted to a shooting that occurred in close proximity to where they were monitoring the J'ouvert action.  The officers responded to the shooting and found a motionless body of a male individual who was later identified as Kim Gustave lying on the ground.

“There was an apparent gunshot wound to the head. He was later pronounced dead by a medical doctor at the scene. A post mortem is on the way to determine the exact cause of death,” said Acting Police Commissioner in charge of Territorial Policing, George Nicholas.

Nicholas said carnival activities in the La Ressource, Dennery area for that day was approved by police, contrary to social media reports that police did not give approval.

“I want to categorically state that an application was submitted to the commissioner of police for approval of the carnival activities in Dennery over the weekend including the J'ouvert and approval was granted by the office of the Commissioner of Police. So, any information to the contrary should not be entertained,” Nicholas said.

The J'ouvert activities and other activities scheduled for the day went on despite the fatal shooting.

“We made an assessment to determine whether we should continue with the activity. We decided that yes, we should continue with the activity. We were able to beef up the security presence there and right away realize that the incident was not directly connected to the carnival activities. It happened during the J'ouvert but it was not directly related to the activity,” Nicholas said.

Gustave, who hails from Odsan, a community located just within the Castries basin, was an individual known to the police, according to reports reaching Loop News.

Police say they are still working on a motive for the killing and that investigations toward that end are moving along vigorously.

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