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UVI Campus Security Guard Discharges Service Weapon After Being Hit With A Rock

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A campus security guard at the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas reportedly shot and injured a man Wednesday evening after being allegedly attacked with a rock.

The incident occurred at UVI’s Charlotte Amalie West campus about 6:10 p.m., as the police officer escorted a man off campus because of his involvement in a fight, Virgin Islands Police Department spokesman Glen Dratte said.

The 911 emergency call center dispatched police patrol units to investigate the matter, however, the unidentified suspect had already been transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Center to receive care, Dratte said.

The UVI campus officer was escorting a suspect off the UVI property when he was allegedly struck by the suspect in the back with a large rock, according to the VIPD.

The officer then discharged his firearm, striking the suspect at least once to bring the incident to an end, Dratte said in a prepared statement.

Dratte said the matter is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB).

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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.

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