UPDATED: Prison officer to stand trial for shooting in front court house

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UPDATED: Prison officer to stand trial for shooting in front court house

Correctional Officer Shervin Smith has been committed to stand trial on attempted murder, reckless grievous harm and reckless wounding for a shooting incident in front the court house in Castries on Jan. 9, 2012 which resulted in injuries to three civilians.

At the time of the incident, Smith was on duty and in the presence of at least two police officers, according to court records.

It is further reported that Smith had become embroiled in an altercation with one Tally Alexander threatened to stab the Bordelaise officer at one point in their confrontation.

Witnesses stated that initially both combatants walked away from the confrontation; however Alexander continued spouting off verbally toward Smith who took exception and responded in kind.

It was reported that at one point Alexander turned toward Smith and approached him aggressively with a concealed object in his hands. Smith then withdrew his 9mm service revolver and fired in the direction of Alexander.

After the confrontation, Smith was relieved of his weapon by investigators and three people were transported to Victoria Hospital.

Alexander sustained injuries which required immediate and life-saving measures.  Two other witnesses, Nadia Johnny and Roger Henry, were also transported to Victoria Hospital where they were treated and released.

Smith will stand trial for the attempted murder of Alexander, reckless grievous harm of Johnny and reckless wounding of Henry.

He will return to court at a date yet to be determined.

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  1. "It was reported that at one point Alexander turned toward Smith and approached him aggressively with a concealed object in his hands. Smith then withdrew his 9mm service revolver and fired in the direction of Alexander" - this right there is called a threat of bodily harm, so why is he being charged with attempted murder? I can understand the case with reckless operation of a service weapon where Johnny & Henry are concerned, but even that in itself is a stretch. A good lawyer should get him off.

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  2. Based on the news reports and the above report it looks like Alexander was the aggressor and I hope that officer Smith wins his case. Then after that he should sue the State for the time that he has spent out of work as well as for not equipping him with appropriate working tools. The State should have provided him with hollow tip bullets. Then only Alexander would have been injured. The man had no choice but to defend himself!!

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    • No Karma, hollow point bullets, when the go inside your body, break up and go in differnet places. the hollow points would have killed all 3 ppl.

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  3. Good

    Let's hold all those with power accountable. Remember they only have the power WE give them

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    • Jonathan 3:16,
      I have a conceled weapons permit and I'm telling you, if anyone approaches me like Alexander approached Correction Officer Smith, that person will either be dead or hospitalise with lead being taken out of their body piece by piece. I, or anyone for that matter, who feels their life or sever/imminent bodily harm is threaten, have the right to defend themselves. The question which needs to be asked is- why did Alexander approached Corrections Officer Smith in such a manner? Alexander got what he went lookng for.

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