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Police Say That Walter Richardson Shot Himself To Death In His Home Near Altona and Welgunst On Tuesday Afternoon


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police said that a senior citizen killed himself near the Western Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon.

Walter Richardson, 71, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home near Altona and Welgunst, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

On Tuesday, August 2, 2017 at about 1:33 p.m., police were sent to the area of Altona and Welgunst, after receiving notification from Central Dispatch of a DOA victim having been discovered, the VIPD said.

A citizen called the 911 Emergency Call Center and explained that he was trying to make contact with his neighbor to no avail.

Unable to reach his neighbor, he then looked through the window of his neighbor’s residence and observed that Richardson appeared to be lifeless.

Contact was then made with a relative of the victim, who was able to identify Richardson as the dead man.

He is a former Health enforcementofficer with the Environmental Unit, according to authorities.

After police conducted an investigation at the scene, they determined that the cause of death was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Crime Unit at 340-774-2211 ext. 5569.

You can also contact 911, Crime Stoppers U.S.V.I. 1-800-222-8477, or the Chief’s office at 340-715-5548.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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