Man killed in police-involved shooting; three others fled scene

Man killed in police-involved shooting; three others fled scene
Mortuary services personnel remove a body from the scene of a police-involved shooting on Second Street, The Grove, Wednesday, December 30, 2020. (FILE PHOTO)

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A man was shot and killed by police shortly after 12.15pm today on Second Street, The Grove.

According to police, officers received information that several individuals were gathered in the area and were reportedly in possession of a firearm.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Solomon Cash advised that when officers arrived on the scene, they found four individuals fitting the descriptions provided.

Cash said when officers approached the men, three of the suspects ran and the fourth person “engaged the officers” and produced a firearm.

“The officers, in turn, fired at that individual, which subsequently caused fatal injuries,” he said.

Cash did not indicate whether the man fired shots at police and would not disclose how many officers responded to the incident.

Police did not confirm the identity of the man killed or the three suspects who fled the scene at the time of the incident.

“I don’t have a full description of those suspects yet, but I want to appeal to members of the public who live in this area or who may have been traveling in the area at the time, that should they have any information to feel free to contact the police.”

Asked whether officers were using body cameras or car dash cameras during the incident, Cash said he could not be certain.

The ACP warned suspects: “If you find yourself involved or engaging in criminalities and if you are confronted by officers, I would ask you to surrender to the officers because I can tell you if you use deadly force or produce deadly instruments at officers, we have to engage you and use justifiable force towards you.”

Her Majesty’s Coroner visited the scene and is investigating the matter.

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Sloan Smith is a senior digital reporter at Eyewitness News, covering a diverse range of beats, from politics and crime to environment and human interest. In 2018, Sloan received a nomination for the “Leslie Higgs Feature Writer of The Year Award” from The Bahamas Press Club for her work with Eyewitness News.