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VIPD Shoots 38-Year-Old Suspect To Death Near Simmonds Alley

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Saturday, March 5, 2016, at approximately 11:33am, the 911 Emergency Center received notification from several citizens, reporting shots fired in the area of Simmonds Alley.

Upon arrival to the scene, several citizens informed VIPD Officers that a black male in the vicinity of Simmonds Alley fired several gunshots in the area. After receiving a detailed description of the suspect, the officers located an individual fitting the description.

During an encounter with officers, the suspect was injured and received medical treatment after being transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center. He later succumbed to his injuries sustained during this incident.

The suspect was identified by his next of kin as Evan Ezekiel Joseph, 38 of Altona, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

“The department would like to express its remorse and sympathy to the relatives of the suspect in this incident,” the VIPD wrote.  “We would also like to express that we are glad that no other individuals were injured during this matter.”

“We express our concern for our officers, however none of our officers favor having to use force, especially force resulting in death or serious injuries,” the VIPD continued. “We would like to assure the community that we intend to conduct a fair, impartial, and thorough investigation of this incident.”

Anyone having information about this crime can notify Major Crimes at 340-714-9823 ext. 5617, Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-714-9807 ext. 5556, Crime Stoppers or the Office of the Police Chief at 340-774-2211.

“This community and the department having little tolerance for violent activity will act when necessary to ensure our officers and innocent members of the community or visitors are safe and protected from harm,” the VIPD concluded.

This case is presently under investigation by the departments Force Investigation Team comprised of members of the Criminal and Internal Affairs Bureaus.

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