UPDATED: Armed man shot by police, accused of setting sister’s house on fire

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UPDATED: Armed man shot by police, accused of setting sister’s house on fire
The suspect after he was shot by the police.
The suspect after he was shot by the police.

A man armed with a machete and suspected of setting fire to his sister’s house was shot by police in Dierre Morne ( Bocage, Castries area) early this morning after the lawmen responded to reports of threats and damage to property.

Relatives say Shervon Ashton, who is in his early 20s, was shot in the left leg after he allegedly refused to obey the police’s order to put the weapon down. Photos obtained by St. Lucia News Online show a bleeding Ashton with a machete beside him.

Ashton is suspected of damaging items in his sister’s house before allegedly setting it on fire with two adults and two children inside. The house was totally destroyed.

Police confirmed the incident in a press release.

“On arrival on the scene, the officers observed a dwelling house belonging to Tracy Ashton of Bocage, Castries completely destroyed by fire. They received information that the brother of the victim had threatened to burn down the dwelling house earlier that evening. The suspect was confronted by police and brandished a cutlass at the officers in a menacing manner. An officer fired a single gunshot in the direction of the suspect hitting him in the leg. He was transported to Victoria Hospital where he was treated and admitted. He is currently in a stable condition at the said hospital,” the release stated.

An eyewitness backed up the police’s statement in an interview with St. Lucia News Online.

“Reports of damage to property were made to the police but while the police was preparing to visit the scene a further report came in for arson. Whilst on the scene police officers, dressed in plain clothes, firemen and civilian, were sneaked upon by the accused who was armed with a cutlass and was shot by the police in the leg,” the eyewitness said.

Relatives of Ashton, who spoke on condition of anonymity, echoed similar sentiments.

“He got shot in the left leg by police because he was refusing to put the cutlass down,” the relative said.

However, another relative said Ashton may be innocent.

“He was accused of doing it (damaging items in the house) and my sister called the police, but everyone is saying he wasn’t nearby,” she said.

This is the third police shooting within 24 hours.

Police, acting on a crime report, shot a man in Castries about 5 pm on Wednesday and a man suspected of a robbery in Mon Repos was also shot by the lawmen late Wednesday night.

None of the shootings have resulted in death.

The house on fire.
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  1. its ashame for sum of u ppl my 11yrs old son can read and those who believe to themselves that they know my family more than i do i live it to the Almighty one God and i rebuke what the person who says all of us are the same cause i was born by myself and any 1 who knows me well enough knows i luv my siblings regardless of differences but if u have the heart to kill me and my family whats next because of land and my home i didn't asked you not to go to school or further your education i did the best i could it was you that had to decide whats your next step and there's no way i would of seen you trying and not help if there is any bit of red blood in your heart you know it true . People die and all they property and land do they get buried with it do they!like my grandma always say if land could speak everyone would hear the songs played.I luved my brother he was just disrespecting me 1 to many times in front my kids calling me all the disgusting names you can find writing bitch on my house big and bold my kids came home and that was they good afternoon calling my children buller and all kind of nastiness where is my justice i had to put him out he asked for forgiveness i gave it to him the same things started again you can only help someone if they want you too and if they're willing to change .there was never a giving up point in my life for my siblings i never gave up on shervon i just felt that distance was the best so i stayed away do anyone knows how it is to be taking care of a mentally ill mother sleepless nights going to wk wit a smile just to hide all your pain wishing not to go home only reason you have too cause of your kids . And your siblings who are adults insulting you and when the sea gets rough they're calling you crying saying you the only one for me sis please help leaving home in-the middle of the night walking alone just to rescue your sister almost got cutlass lash for that same Shervon every-other believing his innocent some of my mother's family are just too jealous,greedy and selfish you'll know urself and what ever ypu'll doing to make shervon escape this one My God is greater and more Power Full and the Trauma , sleepless night and nightmares that my kids and i face WE will Breakthrough and will get back up ! ( "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you & help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10)" Stop JUDGING GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT "

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  2. We must pray for both brother and sister. There seems to be a problem in the family,we must not judge or take peoples illness and rejoice or redicule them. I pray that the whole family will get counseling. I pray god give them comfort and peace in this unfortunate circumstance

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  3. NO brother should do that to his sister,only a coke head...

    all dem coke heads in st.lucia,giving us a bad name..send de police in their faces not only standing by courts...
    too many crimes on this little island...
    coke heads,hungry gangster,want to thief and kill... whats that all about....

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  4. this is very sad, i feel it for u tracy, u can take no more. lord knows an angel was over u guys and my nephew and bro was in the house boy am telling u my bro would not let it rest like that am telling u.
    u are in my prayers girl

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  5. All you get on the site here is what they were given. You dont know the brother and sister relationship which the two had. You make assumptions based on what youre given. There are always many sides to a story so before you speak "think".

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    • Follow up give us a reason that will justify the burning of somebody's house with people sleeping inside the house?

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  6. really shervon after all tracey has done for you how could u have done that to her and the boys.smh...she would stay without and give u and that's how u chose to repay her...where's she and the boys going to stay now. i really hope justice is served.

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    • You need to hold your comments!!!! the title says "ACCUSED" If you even knew Shervon or what happened you would keep that comment to yourself.

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  7. We need the Lord in lucian. but how can god hear us. when all we do is tear each other down. We are jealouse envey greedy no respect for god infact we dont fear god at all. all these demon gagza do is mess up each. u cant have anything in lucia if some demon tear u to sheards r u kidding me. lucian wii be fine ehen they all die they have power but not over death. do pray lucia pray.

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  8. i live near bye the incident,he was the one who burn the house,lucians always quick to judge ,you weren't around so stop judging,this guy loves to threathen and hit people,up to yesterday he gave a child who is 5 years a punch in her face for a ball,this family is said to have many mentally stabale relatives,hi mom is a mad woman,he always taken to the mad house,regardless wat the law wont do him nun so

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    • NEAR BY still doesnt put you in any position to judge either! Lucians are way too fast in judging and some just as alike as you are. If you dont know then you simple'KEEP QUIET' . Im sure what youre saying is "HEAR SAY"

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  9. Why the hell do you all always blame the police. If he had chopped one of them with the cutlass what would you all have said.

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  10. People Saint Lucia is on the way to self-destruct. We have become a very frustrated people and some of us are now showing utter disgust and frustration at each other. The prevailing and deteriorating socio-economic situation in the country is not a good sign. Moreover government is unable or unwilling to deal with the situation. Perhaps too the government is allowing the situation to worsen before imposing certain undemocratic means of social control. Our problems are getting widespread, too complicated and damn right out of hand. Let us cry aloud and demand action of our government!

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  11. OH so the St Lucia Police force DO know how to disarm a suspect without killing them.. a shame they couldn't offer Mandy Louisy the same courtesy!!

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  12. THIS DUDE IS STRESS OUT HE NEEDS HELP LUCIAN LIKE TO TAKE EVERYTHING FOR A JOKE...MAY THE GOOD LORD BLESS YOU

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    • lol everyone cry lord in lucia, they are the same ones who do this hideous crimes. the god wont save no one, they have to save themselves.

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  13. What would shooting him again do? This guy needs help and hopefully he will be given it now that he is taken in custody. I am just hoping that he is the one guilty of burning down the house, if not........

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    • The whole of ST.LUCIA need prayers...LORD LOOK DOWN ON LUCIAN PEOPLE TAKE OUT THE OLD THOUGHTS IN THEM,MAKE THEM COME TOGETHER AS ONE...AMEN

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