Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said the murder of Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Petty Officer Philip Perpall is a “terrible tragedy” and added that Bahamians must never forget the sacrifice and devotion of the country’s law enforcement officers.
“This is a terrible tragedy. Let us continue to pray for peace in our land and for all of those who are victims of crime and for their families,” Minnis said during Voice of Deliverance Ministries’ 37th Annual General Assembly on Monday.
“The Royal Bahamas Police Force is investigating the killing, and the minister of national security has announced a review of security at government institutions.
“I once again thank the men and women of all of our uniformed branches who protect us on a daily basis. We must never forget their sacrifice and their devotion.”
Police said Perpall, 52, was on duty at Government House on Sunday when a man, allegedly a fellow RBDF marine, entered the compound and killed him.
Minnis continued, “I ask you to pray for his soul and for his loved ones and family.
“I offer my condolences also to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. I also ask you to pray for the other members of the force who witnessed the killing of a fellow-officer.”
Police said the shooter entered the guard room around 2:30 a.m. where Perpall and four other RBDF officers were. The other officers were not injured.
Police were questioning someone in relation to the incident.
Minister of National Security Marvin Dames has promised a review of any breaches or failures regarding security at Government House.
RBDF Commodore Tellis Bethel described Perpall’s killing as “a blow” to the organization.
The murder count for the year so far now stands at 23.
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