Police have dispelled rumours that a firearm was found on the body of Asher ‘BJ’ Emmanuel shortly after he was gunned down on Chaussee Road, Castries on Tuesday, April 7.
Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police for Crime and Intelligence, Milton Desir, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that he also received information that Emmanuel’s body had an illegal firearm, but further checks revealed that the information was false.
“If there was a firearm, it was not seen by the police when they got there (to the scene),” Desir told SNO.
Another police source, who preferred anonymity, said usually where there is smoke, there is fire. The source said it is possible that the victim was robbed of the firearm by his killers, a scenario that led to the rumours.
However, he confirmed Desir’s comment that “officially” the police found no firearm on the deceased.
Emmanuel, 48, of Bexon, Castries, died on the spot after he was shot on Chaussee Road, near the Leslie Land intersection, at about 11:20 a.m.
Police said a post mortem conducted on Wednesday, April 8 revealed that Emmanuel died ”as a result of hemorrhagic shock secondary to [a] gunshot wound to the head”.
Emmanuel was well known as a peacemaker (elder) in the Wilton’s Yard (Graveyard) community. He was a former coordinator of an after-school programme in the community.
He was the husband of popular Wilton’s Yard resident, Cheryl Clarke. The couple would have celebrated their first wedding anniversary later this month.
Clarke’s brother, Arthur ‘Afoo’ Clarke, was gunned down in Chase Gardens on January 27, 2011.