CUL DE SAC--Two men were shot in the legs by police while unsuccessfully attempting to escape from officers.
A report had been received that the occupants of a grey Kia with licence plate M4880 and a white Toyota Corolla with licence plate P or M 9240 had threatened someone with a firearm in St. Peters around 12:15pm Monday, a press release from the police confirmed.
When grey Kia was spotted by police on L.B. Scott Road, it was chased into the Cost-U-Less car park, where it was driven up to the bollards by the entrance to Rose's Lane, near the cricket field.
One of the two occupants pointed a gun at police officers, causing one of the officers to fire a single shot into the vehicle's side door. The men were forced to stop the vehicle by the bollards at the end of the car park. They then made off on foot towards the cricket field.
The police press release said the officers had chased the men who, whilst running, had pointed a gun at them. In response, the officers fired at the legs of the running men, resulting in both men sustaining gunshot wounds. Despite the wounds and despite having lost shoes, the men continued running, jumping over fences and through bushes, one of them dropping a firearm in the process.
At this point, the officers lost sight of the suspects. Shortly afterward, both suspects were found hiding behind a building near Dollar Store on L.B. Scott Road. The suspect B.D. (21) had gunshot wounds to his right leg and K.L. (25) had been shot in his left leg. Both suspects were arrested and treated by paramedics on the scene before being taken to St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) for further treatment.
Meanwhile, at the Cost-U-Less car park, uniformed officers, detectives and forensics officers dealt with the crime scene. A number of bullet shells were left in the car park, as well as on Rose's Lane. The suspect's shoes that had been lost during the chase were still there, as well as the firearm dropped by one of the suspects.
The scene was closed off for the Forensic Department to collect evidence. The firearm, a .45 calibre Glock, was confiscated for further investigation. Traffic in the area was diverted temporarily.
After treatment at SMMC, both suspects were released into police custody, where they will remain for further investigation.
"The Police Force is working with limited resources and sometimes under extreme conditions to rid the streets of illegal firearms and other criminal activity taking place on the island. The two arrests in this case would not have been as successful without the assistance of the community," the press release stated.
"The Police Force is encouraging the community to continue calling in and giving the police information regarding any crime or criminal activity."
Anyone who has any information about the occupants of the second vehicle involved, or indeed about anyone who is in possession of any illegal firearm, is requested to contact the police station or call the anonymous tip line 9300.