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Off-Duty Virgin Islands Police Department Officer And Woman Shot By Three Armed Bandits Near Villa La Reine Shopping Center

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MID-ISLAND ST. CROIX — An off-duty Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) officer and his female companion were shot in the vehicle he was driving by three men who robbed them of cash.

The incident took place before 10:30 a.m. in broad daylight on the Northside Road near Villa La Reine Shopping Center and police did not name the officer involved.

A black vehicle with heavily-tinted windows approached their Jeep SUV and brought the officer’s private vehicle to a stop, when three suspects robbed the pair and then shot them.

The officer was shot in the leg, while his female companion sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body.

The two were in stable condition at the Juan F. Luis Hospital yesterday.

All three suspects were carrying firearms during the robbery and one brandished an assault weapon.

The amount of cash stolen from the officer and the woman with him was not disclosed.

The incident took place about 100 feet south of the shopping center on the service road that connects the Queen Mary Highway to the Melvin Evans Highway.

The last time someone was shot in the territory was at Kirwan Terrace during an attempted carjacking on Oct. 24.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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