Dames: Latest fatal police shooting unfortunate

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday described a recent shooting that left one man dead and two police officers injured as “unfortunate”.

“It’s very unfortunate,” he said.

“As soon as it happened, I got a call from the commissioner. He gave me the full update. He was out there on the front lines.

“…No one likes to see shootings, police or otherwise. It’s always an unfortunate situation.”

Dames said yesterday that such incidents are more prevalent as more people have access to guns.

“This is the nature of the business or police, unfortunately,” he said.

“We’re in an era where it’s no longer bottles and rocks. [It’s] a gun. And when someone aims a gun at you and pulls the trigger, the only intent is to kill.”

On Monday morning, police reported that a suspect was shot dead and two police officers were injured during a domestic dispute between a man and his mother in Pinewood Gardens.

Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle told reporters on the scene that the suspect was killed during a gunfire exchange with officers at his mother’s Cascarilla Street home.

Rolle said one officer was shot as he sought to protect the suspect’s mother who was being shot at. Another officer injured his leg during the attack.

Police-involved shootings have been a contentious issue in The Bahamas in recent years. Monday’s shooting came nearly two months after police shot and killed three men in one incident on Cowpen Road after they reportedly fired shots at officers from the backseat of the vehicle they were in.

Dames commended the work of the wounded officers while offering condolences to the families of all those involved.

“…Our prayers are out for the officer and his family,” he said.

“We pray that God will continue to keep them safe.”

He added, “It’s unfortunate that someone had to lose their lives. And we pray for the family of that individual as well. The matter is now in the hands of the coroner and we’ll wait to see the outcome.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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