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Police Patrol Investigating Assault In Christiansted Is Shot At By Unknown Gunman


UNDER SIEGE & SUPPRESSING INFORMATION: Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr.

CHRISTIANSTED — Neither the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Commissioner or St. Croix police chief have any comment on their officers coming under fire in the line of duty earlier this week.

VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte informed the Virgin Islands Free Press on Thursday of the attack that took place on police officers in St. Croix on Monday.

On Monday September 13, 2016 at about 9:54 p.m. a unit was dispatched to an assault incident at Church Apartments downtown, Dratte said.

The officer stated that he was just about to leave the scene at approximately 10:52 p.m. when he heard three shots discharged.

The officer then notified 911 and upon the arrival of supporting units a check of the surrounding area was made for any suspects, witnesses or evidence.

The officer discovered a bullet hole in the police unit he was driving.

The incident is under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau , Call The Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 778-2211, (340) 712-6106 The anonymous tip line Crimestoppers VI  at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 911.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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