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Jury Seated In Case of Azamba Galloway, Accused Of Pointing Gun At Police Officer In St. Thomas

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      ON TRIAL: Azamba Galloway

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A jury has been seated to hear the trial of a St. Thomas man who is accused of pointing a gun at a police officer during a foot chase.

During jury selection on Monday, the judge and attorneys waded through a pool of dozens of prospective jurors to select the 12 jurors and three alternates who will decide the case of 25-year-old Azamba Galloway.

Trying to determine the jurors’ impartiality, the prosecuting and defense attorneys asked jury candidates a series of questions.

Opening statements are set to begin on August 22 when the trial gets underway. V.I. Superior Court Judge Denise Francois will be presiding over the hearing.

Galloway of Michael J. Kirwan Terrace housing community is charged with one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm and one count of reckless endangerment stemming from a May 30, 2014 incident at that housing community.

According to the probable cause fact sheet of Officer Akeem Frett, on May 30, 2014, members of the Special Operations Bureau (SOB) went to the housing community to conduct an inspection and deter illegal street-level narcotics dealing and loitering.

As officers got out of their vehicles, according to Frett, K-9 Officer Aaron Hodge radioed there were two men running behind the building. Officer Kendelth Wharton began running in the direction of Building 19 when he observed the two males that were running.

Wharton stated the males ran through an archway and as he pursued them, one of the males, later identified as Galloway, stopped, pulled a black pistol from his waist, turned and pointed the pistol at him. Wharton discharged his firearm striking Galloway in the right forearm. Wharton said the pistol fell from Galloway’s hand and landed two to three feet away.

Officers later recovered a 9mm Glock pistol from Galloway with an obliterated serial number.

A firearm register check conducted by investigators revealed that there is no record of a firearm and/or ammunition license issued to Galloway.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment, according to Frett’s probable cause fact sheet.

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Michael J. Kirwan Terrace in St. Thomas

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