UPDATE: Homicide #32 recorded following killing of alleged bandit in Castries

By SNO Staff

The alleged bandit, Simon Joseph.

Three males who allegedly tried to rob a man at George V park in Castries around 10 p.m. Friday night got something they were not expecting.

The man was actually a special police constable in plain clothes.

The officer reportedly drew his firearm and fired a shot at the bandits – one of whom was allegedly armed with a knife.

The bandit, identified as Simon Joseph of Balata, was struck in the chest.

He was transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulance but died shortly after midnight.

This shooting brings the number of homicides to 32, surpassing the total number of violent deaths of 31 for 2016.

 

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56 comments

  1. This is not a homicide, yet. A homicide is an illegal killing and so far there is no indication that the police will be treating this case as a homicide. If it were a homicide the constable would have to be charged for murder or manslaughter.

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  2. The other two should be in jail,since they missed the cemetery!

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  3. josephine francis

    Bravo to the police man ou ben pwen St lucia is a place that is getting very dangerous to live every day u hearing people are being rob tied up shot and beaten what is our sweet st lucia coming into we have to start to pass what these robbers want we have to start to defend our selves there are some little robbers that is ambreying people in marisuil and East wind the the two white people that came from from shopping by glace u all ambrey the people u all better watch yall selves because some body will pass it to u all real good some people saying why is in his chest the police shot the young man zot soutiwes ben

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  4. I well deserved... U look for it.. u get it.. only thing officer make sure ure always armed.. the fact that 2 got away.. they might be back be very careful sir..

    I'm not sorry u lost his life. Them fellars do enough aredy

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  5. He asked the officer to pass it, so he passed what he had, bullets, I commend u officer and having more vulnerable looking officers in civilian clothes would be a way to help us get rid of them.

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  6. This situation could have been played differently, i know theives deserve their judgement and one got it that's for sure but my problem is most of you seem to love the idea of people losing "their life"
    Not one sensible comment, while yall clapping for the policeman know that the theif get his judgement already. Meaning that officer still have to live his life knowing he took a life and has to cope with it everyday.
    Indeed it may seem ridding the street of one less vagabond is okay but lets not rejoice on a life lost it is not humane. We all have one to lose someday too. Peace.

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    • D way sno does put their words eh. Smh

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    • No one loves the idea of ppl losing their lives ...if given the chance the officer wud be the one dead .....let one or two of these criminals break n enter ur house ...steal all ur valuables...if u at home tie u up or shoot u ...lets c if u will still make that comment....kmt

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    • Concern citizen

      Yes...u are right...life is precious and God's word supports the value of human life...however..the scriptures also declares what a man sows he will reap...Our people need to fine other things to do, rather than robbing and endangering the lives of hard working and innocent citizens....let's pray for our country...

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    • all three shoulda dead

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    • Well the officer didn't shoot without a cause... He shud b shot in the head n his other 2 friends..

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  7. Its ticklish that no other person has step foward and said that this robber has robbed or tried to rob them.

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  8. Beverly Expensive

    Bravo Officer. Job well done. Now God ask pardon.
    A bunch of waste of thugs on our streets causing problems. I call this one. .Operation remove cooshon nee..ORC

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  9. Now I'm so upset at u officer. I would of fired u if I was your boss cause by right u should have called n said u got rid of 3 bandits not 1. So from my end you're fired till u can bring in the other 2

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  10. The officer damn right. Kill them all and done.

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  11. This officer should have his fire armed taken away and given to someone who will put it to better use as he should have killed all 3 of them, to the idiots saying why not shoot him in the leg do you know how difficult that is, unless at point blank range, when was the last time u saw officers at a shooting range firing at a leg?

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  12. He Salop, you piece of shit, in your ass jombie, let that be a lesson to the rest of ya'll jombies.

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  13. Good job officer..an easy way to make bandits afraid to commit any robberies. I agree there should be many more ARMED plain clothes officers walking the streets day and night expecially the HOT SPOTS.

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  14. AS LONG AS HIS LIFE WAS NO LONGER IN DANGER , HE COULD NOT HAVE KILLED THE OTHER TWO. it would have been excessive force, and he could be charge. we have law enforcement police officers not killers. === well done officer,==

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  15. People I agree that it is a homicide. The officer had no right to kill one man when he had an opportunity to do a triple play. But it is a Home-In-Side. He is home now and will not comme back out.
    On a serious note, well done officer. I celebrate wih you and will come to the canteen to have a drink with some of you in celebration. I know the critics saying I must not celebrate the mans death but enough is enough. Crappo smoke his pip. Think of it, if this officer did not have his weapon we could have been planning a state funeral.

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  16. Well done officer!!!!!!!!!!! but you need to work on your aiming skills...next time take all ....use your ratata

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  17. Kudos to that police officer.Citizens should take note cause if he did not have his firearm the news would probably have read differently.St Lucian law abiding citizens, should go about lawfully obtaining their gun permits through training,range practice etc.This is the only way in my opinion to curtail the nonsense that is happening right now.Too many religious fanatics sitting idly by waiting for religion to protect them and it never comes to fruition.God helps those who helps themselves.Throughout the Bible when enemies came against God's people, they defended with their weapons[swords,knives,spears]etc.So again give that man his promotion one dead piece of scum off our streets.

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  18. Job well done! Balata must be breeding dem thieves like mosquitoes! "Kill them all and Don!" Some Thieves from balata raided a place up Cap over 85thousand in items and yes That thief that got bail for only $3000 Lalinge but there is only so much the police can do I blame the judges for the tap on the wrists they receive. They need to line up these thieves and execute them by the 50s them they would learn to see and not touch or attack people for their stuff. Yesterday right before my eyes the Dr was beaten and robbed and shot for his own things about four gun shots luckily he only got hit by one. While the two pigs ran away to their car waiting in the bend where the other pig was waiting and the poor man hopping and shouting stop them stop them. People making excuses didn't have to shoot,why is in his chest? Toot bayteese sitweyears kon zot yea. If was my family? ?I'd report them faster! I Got the man to deal with them if these corrupt govt intrested but I guess they will never be cause they are just as bad

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  19. lord if u can't put a hand put a foot

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  20. Sorry but by taking up the knife and trying to rob anyone be implicitly took on/accepted the risk that his victim may try to defend himself and kill him. Every job has assumed risks.. As does crime. So he looked for it.. Found it... And got it

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  21. One should die every weekend .they rob a bus driver on Monday night of all his day earnings plus his wallet the man couldn't pay his rental of his route permit #lord forgive me but everyone of them should die

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  22. Why did the news state it as homicide and not robbery gone bad?

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    • Homo is the biological classification of a species that includes humans. Cide is a suffix that means killer of. Doesn't matter the means or justification but any killing of of a human is classed as homocide. Kinda like insecticide. Some homicides are classed as criminal offenses, one such as this situation will likely not be as it was in self defense.

      Bravo to the cop. Now if only the authorities allow REGULAR people to carry arms or means to defend themselves. Can't imagine in this day an age with this level of brazen murder, theft, rape that people cannot at least legally obtain pepper spray or a stun gun. Crime would reduce significantly if those crooks thought regular folk would snuff their lights. It's as if the politicians enjoy this cycle of violence giving them something to talk about on platform.

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  23. Well done officer . you deserve an award .you performed your duty with excellence and St Lucians are proud of you ,One less piece of shit on our streets , Thank you ! If it happens again please take all 3

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  24. U know the pics of the good boys. Plats, locks, screw face. His fingers ain't have the gun signal.

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  25. I notice in the initial story , people were criticizing , what if they got the upper hand on that officer. Do we honestly think they would have mercy on him.... food for thought .......

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  26. Well done officer you deserve the highest honor but you missed the gold . you should have taken all 3 .Bravo ! one less piece of shit on our streets

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  27. Caliphate!July 15, 2017 at 10:47 am REPLY ↓
    Good job! What should happen now: get his partners , he mother he fada brother and sisters and his well wishers including other family sympathizers and exterminate them all! So one will question anything !

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  28. That's what we need, a serious police vice sqaud pretending to be ordinary vulnerable citizens. When those thugs role on them just take them out in self defense.

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  29. Our black men are wasting their lives and killing each other like no other race of men. They not at war, they not fighting over a cause unlike other groups. they just hate each other. now think about that those of u that come on SNO and preach about who did it. Ask yourselves; is it worth it? what u doing that for? a pair of sneakers worth your life? an extra 20 in your pocket worth your life? you people need to stop and think before you all act. when each of you do that nonsense, what will happen to your kids? it means another life gone. you all creating generational curses and upholding them, not breaking them. this is for real, it does not matter whether you religious or not. STOP. THINK. BEFORE YOU ACT. YOU GOT ONE LIFE. LIVE IT RIGHT.

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  30. I love the officer's gunplay. I nominate him for The Order of Everything. I hope after he capped the criminal, he blew into his barrel... like the Western movies.

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  31. Just last week I was saying that it was time to send our officer under cover to rid the streets of those bandits. This is a big problem when our people feel so much fear walking the streets. Good job officer...Next time we expect even better.

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  32. They must learn and will learn,its time for them to continue Robbing plain clothes officers,for the officers to shot them dead,am not filling sorry for no bandits.

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  33. Well done if thats the case am proud of u officer

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  34. Whoooo Raaayyy! Saltey papa voleh! Now go to your maker!

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  35. This is not a Homicide. The guy was defending himself. I know the bandit died, but he got what was coming to him for trying to rob someone. He should have stayed home and thought of something better to do with his life, than trying to rob/kill some hard working people!

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  36. I hope the commissioner sees the need to arm his officers on or off duty and also approve their applications for personal firearms. Nobody is immune to crime.

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  37. Last person this low life tries to rob. That's where they need to shot them, in their chest. Kill him officer! Killll himmm!

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  38. Good!!! Lord forgive me

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  39. Officer.....why not three...I can't afford to recommend you for the gold star. ..but you get bronze two more and you get the gold.

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  40. Great wipe them out one by one there's always a place on the other side for these menaces to society.

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  41. One less thief on the streets

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  42. Dont see how its a homicide...clearly defense...another one bites the dust...

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