BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 27, CMC – Police shot and killed an 18-year-old youth during a shootout in a densely-populated village in St Michael, south west of here on Tuesday.
Police said that Kadeem Ifill was one of two men who had engaged them in the shootout. The other suspect has not been apprehended.
“About 5:35 p.m, the police responded to reports that two men with guns were at this location, London Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael. Two police units responded and upon arrival at the scene, they saw and were confronted by two individuals with what appeared to be firearms. The two men started to run, and the police came under attack and as a result the police responded. One man fell to the ground, and one loaded firearm was recovered,” the police said in a statement.
The incident comes the day before Wednesday’s National Strategic Consultation on the Social Response to Crime in Barbados.
The event brings together relevant public and private sector entities, faith-based communities, service organizations as well as the media, to strategize on crime related matters, including the worrying rise of gun related crimes.
Last month, Prime Minister Mia Mottley warned criminals that her administration will take a zero tolerance approach to crime as she announced that members of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) would be joining the police in a major operation to reduce crime on the island.
She said that the authorities would be moving swiftly to deal with criminal elements in an effort to wrestle the crime situation here which she declared was “nowhere as bad” as in other countries of the region.
“We are not prepared under any circumstances to admit that it is business as usual when eight people can lose their lives in this country in the month of January. We are not prepared under any circumstances for people to believe that they can use or walk around with guns as if they are toys, as if they are badges of honour,” said Mottley.