Sergeant Benjamin passed away this weekend: Shooter is rapper Kilo Gotti, second suspect still on the runPOSTED: 08/12/15 4:49 PM
St. Maarten -The police are mourning the loss of Sergeant Gamali Benjamin, who died on Saturday at the Medical Center. Following a shooting last week Wednesday on Front Street. The flags on government buildings are at half-mast until the day after his funeral.
Benjamin received a wide range of support from those who knew him and those who did not. Police Spokesman Ricardo Henson confirmed that this is the first time that a cop died in the line of duty on the island. The costs related to the burial are being worked on. “We are busy organizing this with several companies and others who which to support the late officer. We will help the widow and family for sure with these costs
The body was moved to the morgue on Saturday and the funeral arrangements are being made and will be announced soon.
The ‘Oro Diamante robbery investigation is in full swing and has several new angles. The suspected shooter in custody is 23-year-old R.N., a local rapper who goes by the name of Kilo Gotti. He was arrested after shooting the officer in his attempt to escape. Police shot the rapper in the stomach and knee before arresting him near the old fire station on Cannegieter Street.
A second suspect is on the run who is wanted for this crime. Police however have not released his name or picture. According to an inside source close to the investigation, the police know the suspect identity and they are close to making an arrest.
Police arrested the shooter’s brother, a 25-year-old man, on the suspicion that he attempted to get rid of evidence. He is now in detention as an accomplice or accessory to the manslaughter on Sergeant Benjamin.
A multi-disciplinary team consisting of members of the police, the National Detective Agency and the Detective collaboration Team RST, are working on the case.
Police are also looking for a girl who took pictures the day before the robbery in the vicinity of the store. According to the police, this girl was behaving suspiciously on camera footage investigators obtained. They searched several places, including the music studio were rapper Kilo Gotti used to record his tracks.
Police are still looking for information about the robbery and the ministry of justice still has the $10,000 cash reward available for anyone who can assist the police in capturing the second suspect who is believed to be between the ages of 17 to 20 years old and slightly injured. The private tip line for this case is 586 80 52.