POLICE PRESS RELEASE – About 10:15 a.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014, officers attached to the Vieux Fort Police Station responded to a report of a suspected mental health challenged male causing a disturbance at La Ressource, Vieux Fort.
Upon arrival on the scene, officers encountered a male behaving erratically. On approaching the suspect, the officers observed him picked up two stones, one in either hands, and threatened them with it.
The officers responded by calling on him to put down the offensive objects, he refused and continued advancing towards them. The police again called upon him to stop but still he did not heed the warnings of the officers.
At that point, the officers discharged two non-lethal rounds of ammunition in his direction in an effort to subdue him. It was only when this failed that the police discharged a weapon containing regular ammunition, which hit him in the process.
This individual who was later identified as 51-year-old Simon Gabriel of La Ressource, Vieux Fort.
Gabriel was transported to St. Judes’ Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation into this matter has commenced.