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VIPD: St. Croix Man Shoots Horse Multiple Times, Is Arrested For Shooting Man On It

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested today after police said he drove up to a man on horseback and shot at him wildly — but only killed the horse.

Ashnel Evelle Walters, 32, was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, the Virgin Islands Police Department said, adding that “other possible charges pending.”

Walters was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Center pending an advice-of-rights hearing, according to the VIPD.

On Sunday, the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call at about 4:40 p.m. of a multiple discharging of shots in Work and Rest, Christiansted — near St. Croix’s South Shore.

When police arrive on the scene they discovered multiple shell casings on the ground in the roadway and a dead horse in the area that was shot multiple times.

A preliminary investigation revealed a man was riding a horse when a car pulled up next and started discharging multiple gunshots striking the victim in the mid-section of the body and killing the horse.

The unidentified victim of the shooting was transported by private vehicle to the Juan F. Luis Hospital where he was treated for injuries sustained from gunshot wounds.

The case is currently under active investigation by the Major Crimes Unit, the VIPD said.

Any person having information regarding this Incident please to contact the Investigation Bureau at 340-778-2211 you can also contact 911 or Crimestoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

The horse was examined by the Department of Agriculture’s Veterinarian and this incident is also being investigated by the VIPD Animal Cruelty Division.


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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

1 Comment

  1. NewIslander
    October 30, 2018 at 8:26 AM — Reply

    Add to this wild west crap all of the electrical and water shortages and outages, bad roads suffered daily and what we have here is a second world country. Hey, but cheer up — it looks like we will vote for and get more of the same after this election cycle because Virgin Islanders just cannot break frame with the status quo. Can’t or won’t do it. I predict that Warren Mosler will lose the election (unfortunately) and all of us will spend our time unhappy with more of the same old, same old. We are destined to get what we deserve because deep down, the majority of us voters are OK with what we have right now. Watch it happen on election day.

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