First homicide of 2014; shots fired at police near death scene

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First homicide of 2014; shots fired at police near death scene
The body of Joel Nobal
The body of Joel Nobal. * Photo submitted.

Police said they have one person in custody assisting with the investigation of last night’s shooting death of a man at New Village, Castries – the first homicide of 2014.

Dead is 27-year-old Joel Nobal, otherwise called “Wells” and “Willie”, of New Village Castries.

Residents told St. Lucia News Online of hearing explosions about 9:30 pm coming from a “shack” or a shed in the area.

“Most persons thought it was a match bomb,” a resident said.

Nobal’s body was discovered minutes later.

Police said in a press release that they observed Nobal’s body seated on a bench under a shed with a gunshot wound to the head. Police said Nobal was pronounced dead on the scene by a medical practitioner.

But the drama did not end there. Residents alleged that a shootout between the police and thug/s occurred shortly after the lawmen arrived on the scene. It is unclear if the police returned fire.

“Subsequent to that incident, several shots were fired at a police officer who was in the vicinity of New Village,” the press release stated, but it gave no further details on that incident.

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  1. R.I.P Mr. Wells, may the lord shed his blessing on your daughter and her mother in their difficult time... Now minister of just-us , the crime plan you have close to heart its time to release it.... Now the story of VAT and all other bullshit you'll crying about has to stop now, this year the people of this country have taken off the gloves , if you'll don't deliver this year come 2015 you'll will have rude awaken because I will arm myself the crap has gone on too long .....a lot what we like to call undesirables share the same sentiments......IF YOU'LL CAN'T HANDLE PUBLIC OFFICE well bloody hell leave.

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  2. Some of us need to travell and educate ourselves b4 we comment sum senseless stuff,wat does government hav to do with gang violence?(U LIVE BY THE GUN U DIE BY THE GUN)

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  3. Yes Human Rights! Did this man have rights to live? Isn't he human? Does the police officers being shot at have rights? Are they not HUMAN? So is only when thugs commit crime HUMAN RIGHTS swing into effect.En Lanjet mama yoo.

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  4. I just want to say that St Lucia News Online is not a church. Stop posting prayers here and using God's name in vain for every news article about a criminal incident. Pray somewhere else.

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  5. chooooops so sad lucia we need to stop breeding criminals all of us we have to be our brother's keeper make lucia sweet again..chooooops so sad

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  6. We need to relocate those individuals in more pristine areas, give them employment and empower them with skills.

    We need to build neighbourhood watch also.
    But again, how can you, when the thugs and gangsters are putting fear in the minds of law abiding citizens in those deprived areas.

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  7. aa aa man shot after police ????????? dats exactly what the police wanted ee. lets wait a week and see how the police responds eh. restore confidence at new village soon come.

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  8. My God my God. What is going on in St.Lucia theyear is only 3days old and people are dying already.
    Lord we need some divine intervention on our island. What is causing all that senseless killing. Bring back the death penelity bring it back. We have yet to slove the murders of last year and they start already. Pm give the police orders to shoot to kill those useless no good men in our society. All they do is destroy families. Arest them and put them to death by hanging.
    Im so

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  9. Are we living in the wild west indies? If a man had just been shot to death, how could a shoot-out possibly be an answer?

    This will only brew more and more violence amongst us.

    I really believe we have to find another way to impose justice.

    guns can never be a solvent.

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  10. I asked myself this question. Y is it that those criminal elements feel so empowered to shoot somebody in the area and hours after find themselves in a shootout with a police officer when he could have fled the scene longtime? Is this a new trend? Food for fort!!

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  11. well boy dem men get brave shooting after police,but when police shoot them ppl coming and talk a whole leap of crap

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  12. Well Truth yute seems like victims have no rights. Human rights only for perpetrator.I need a change in attitude. Equal rights. Who's human here?

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  13. EN ROUGE. I JUS LUV MY GOV'T. " I HV THE ANSWER FOR CRIME" KENNY'S WORDS IN OPPOSITION SO I VOTED FOR HIM. WTF.

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    • You are Stupid!

      If you were the Government of the day, would you articulate your thoughts on here, as to how, you would prevent anyone in any society from committing crime.

      And I am putting it to you, that there isn't one single body or government on earth that is able to STOP CRIME.
      This is something, someone, a people, may choose to do.
      Its an individual choice, STUPID!

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      • While I don't expect the government to be able to stop crime completely, I think there should be a more visible response to it. Are more officers being deployed to patrol the streets? Are those officers' complaints being taken into consideration? Are they being properly trained and equipped? Are youth engagement programs being launched? I grew up in Castries, but honestly whenever I'm in St. Lucia these days I don't feel safe, mainly due to the fact that lawmen are extremely scarce.

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