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VIPD: U.S. Customs Agent Vanessa Jackson Allegedly Shot Her Boyfriend In The Back And Left Him For Dead On The Balcony of Their Good Hope Villas Apartment

DOUBLE DEALING: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) agent Vanessa N. Jackson, 27, is accused of shooting her 28-year-old boyfriend in the back and leaving him for dead by not calling for emergency help for him.

FREDERIKSTED — A U.S. Customs agent on St. Croix who allegedly shot her 28-year-old boyfriend in the back and left him for dead said that she could not call 911 because her phone was broken.

The man survived the shooting last month but was recently airlifted off-island for further medical treatment.

On Thursday July 6, 2017 Vanessa N. Jackson, 27, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent was arrested and charged with first-degree assault-domestic violence, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said that Jackson was arrested based on a bench warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands that also charged her with third-degree assault-domestic violence among other charges.

Dratte said that Jackson called a Virgin Islands Port Authority officer shortly after 9 p.m. on June 23 to report that she was allegedly being physically assaulted by her boyfriend.

The VIPA officer played the phone call to a VIPD officer as it was happening in real time, but when the police officer tried to call 911, they did not get through because “the phones were not working properly.”

No bail was set as per the Virgin Islands domestic violence statute.

Jackson was transported to the Golden Grove Detection Center pending an advice of rights hearing, according to the VIPD.

On June 23, 2017 at about 9:34 p.m., 911 Call Emergency Center received a call in reference to a shooting at the Good Hope Villas apartments in Frederiksted.

When police arrived on the scene they found a black man on the landing of the two-story apartment with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his back.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that there was a domestic altercation where the girlfriend stated that she being abused and assaulted by her the boyfriend and that was the reason that she subsequently shot him.

The man sustained a gunshot wound to the upper back and was transported to Juan F. Luis Hospital for treatment.

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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