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Two Off-Duty Police Officers Shot To Death On Deserted Frederiksted Beach

Lammy

SHOT DEAD: Ofc. Lesha Lammy

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp held a joint press conference with Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. to announce that two off-duty police officers had been shot to death on a Frederiksted beach on Thursday afternoon.

The bodies of 30-year-old Lesha Lammy and 28-year-old Kai Javois were discovered at a Ham’s Bluff beach on a deserted part of the extreme northwest coast of St. Croix about 1 p.m. on Thursday, Richards said.

Mapp said on Thursday evening that a preliminary police investigation has ruled out the officers being targeted for death just because they are police officers and that terrorism and random violence have also been ruled out.

Neither officer was in uniform at the time of the shootings.

Javois was scheduled to work Wednesday at midnight but never reported for duty. Lammy was due to report to work about the time her body was discovered by police.

Lammy is the mother of three children and has been a veteran of the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) since 2010. Javois is a veteran of the U.S. Marines who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has no children and has been a member of the VIPD since last year.

Neither  Mapp nor Richards would say if police have a suspect in the double homicide, but the police commissioner acknowledged that “persons of interest” are already being questioned by detectives.

“We are questioning any individual who we believe to be a person of interest, Richards said. “When I say that, it could be anyone who could provide information as to whereabouts of the officers or anything like that. We will be talking to them and we’ve begun to do that,” Richards said.

Javoi

SHOT DEAD: Ofc. Kai Javois

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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