Citizens including police officers have a legal right to use deadly force to defend themselves.
That message is coming from Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry in an interview with HTS News4force.
Moncherry, who recently returned from an eight-month vacation, was responding to the crime wave which included yesterday’s gunbattle between a police officer and an armed suspect in a Castries inner-city community. No one was injured and no arrests have been made to date.
He said the police is concerned about the incident and “there is need for everyone to be concerned”, but the top cop emphasized that he will not sit by and allow criminals to do what they want.
“Well, it is very alarming and concerning to me when I hear that young people will fire at the police. Let me send a clear message to people out there that police officers like any other citizen will have a right to defend themselves. And the law outlines the force that is used in every case, and in some cases, that can result in death, will result in death,” Moncherry said.
He added: “I will not sit by and allow criminals or would-be criminls to attack my police and support in any way form or fashion.”
The police comissioner however assured that the police will continue to do their best to ensure citizens and visitors “will be protected”.
Moncherry said the police will continue to review their plans to tackle the crime wave. He said the young people who are committing these crimes need help.
He further stated that the severity of the crimes committed on the island shows that young people in St. Lucia “have no love” in their hearts, they have “anger management” issues, and need to find better ways of resolving their conflicts.