St. Maarten Police shoot suspects in their legs

POSTED: 10/7/14 2:07 AM
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Police officers keep suspects involved in a gun threat under control. Photo Today

St. Maarten – Suspects B.D. (21) and K.L. (25), who were involved in a gun threat in the St. Peters area, were chased down and shot in their legs (B.D in his right leg and K.L in his left) by police officers after fleeing their vehicle in the Cost-U-Less parking lot at 12:15 p.m. yesterday.

Police officers received information from the central police dispatch that suspects driving a grey and a white vehicle had threatened someone with a gun. Both vehicles fled in the direction of the L.B. Scot road following the threat. A police patrol found the grey car travelling in the direction of Le Grand Marché and pursued it into the Cost-U-Less parking lot, where the suspects stopped.

When the officers approached, the passenger aimed a gun at the officers, upon which the officers pulled out their weapons. One officer fired a single shot at the passenger side door. At the same time a back-up police patrol arrived on the scene.

Eventually, the two suspects fled and ran in the direction of the cricket field. The officers pursued on foot. It was when one of the suspects, while still running, turned and aimed a firearm at the police officers that the officers, in their defense, opened fire on the two suspects. Shots were fired at their legs. The suspect dropped the firearm, a caliber .45 Glock, which has been confiscated for further investigation. The suspects ran through the neighborhood, jumping fences and running through yards, at which point the officers lost sight of them. However, the suspects were eventually found hiding behind a building in the area. The scene was closed-off in order for the forensic department to collect the evidence.

Both suspects were arrested and treated by paramedics on the scene and then transported to the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) for further treatment. After treatment at SMMC, both suspects were released into police custody, where they will remain for further investigation. The event obstructed traffic in the area along Bush Road, which was diverted by police officers.

The police department is working with limited resources and sometimes under extreme conditions to rid the streets of illegal fire-arms and other criminal activity taking place on the island. The arrests of the two suspects would not have been as successful without the assistance of the community. The police department encourages the community to continue its involvement in calling in and giving information about criminal activity.

There have been no further reports on the men in the white car.

 

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