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Former Inmate Dies In Hospital After Being Found Shot Multiple Times In Old Castle Coakley


CHRISTIANSTED — Police said they found a 36-year-old former prison inmate riddled with bullets but still clinging to life as he lay on the ground near Sunny Isle on Friday night.

Emergency Medical Technicians were able to keep Darien Griffith of Old Castle Coakley alive for the ride to the hospital, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

But Griffith later died from the gunshot wounds in the Juan Luis Hospital despite being transported immediately from the scene by EMTs to the neighboring Estate Diamond Ruby medical center for treatment.

Police said the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched them to Old Castle Coakley about 8:06 p.m. on Friday  with a report of gunfire in the area.

When police got to the scene they found Griffith lying on the ground after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

A police investigation revealed that Griffth had been released from prison in 2012. The VIPD did not indicate which prison.

The homicide is under active investigation by police.

Anyone with information concerning the shooting death is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 712-6024  or (340) 712-6037, 911 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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