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Kirwan Terrace Man Charged With Illegal Gun Possession Found Shot Dead

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 21-year-old man who was charged last year with illegal gun possession and stealing a vehicle was shot and killed in Kirwan Terrace housing community early Thursday morning, according to the V.I. Police Department.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report about 1:26 a.m. on April 28 of an unresponsive black male lying face down in between Building 7 and 8 in the Kirwan Terrace Housing Community.

Upon arrival to the scene, officer’s found an unresponsive black male, lying motionless face down on the ground in front of Building 8.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim had sustained multiple gunshot wounds about the body. The Emergency Medical Technicians that responded to the scene indicated that the victim showed no vital signs and pronounced him dead on the scene. The victim was later identified as twenty-two (22) year old Javan Benjamin of Estate Hope.

The crime scene was processed by the Forensic Unit and the Homicide Task Force along with the Patrol Unit who canvased the area for any further information or witnesses to this crime.

In February of 2015 Benjamin was arrested for driving a stolen vehicle and carrying an illegal firearm.

This case is presently under investigation by the Homicide Task Force. Any persons having information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Task Force at (340) 774-2211 extensions 5617 and 5554. They can also call 911, Crime Stoppers VI, the Commissioner’s Office at (340) 715-5506 and the Chief’s Office at (340)715-5548.

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