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POSSIBLE SUICIDE? Attorney Michael Quinn Dies Inside Exclusive STT Gated Community

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A prominent St. Thomas attorney was killed by a gunshot wound inside an exclusive gated community on the north side of the island early Sunday evening.

Police said that units from the Criminal Investigation Bureau and units from the Mariel C. Newton Command went to Peterborg about 6:25 p.m. on Sunday after a report of “discharging of shots.”

Michael Quinn, 57, was discovered lying motionless on the ground by police, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that Quinn had died from a single gunshot wound.

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) on the scene determined that he had no vital signs, according to VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte.

The VIPD said in a published report that Quinn suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

Quinn’s biography online says that he specializes in “criminal litigation” and is a New York native.

Police alerted the public about the incident at 12:39 a.m. today.

Peterborg is the narrow peninsula that separates world famous Magens Bay from the Atlantic Ocean on St. Thomas’ north side.

A St. Thomas resident cannot enter the upscale gated community of Estate Peterborg without a gate pass.

Police said the case is under investigation by the Major Crime Unit, according to Dratte.

To read more about the Michael Quinn who was a partner with Dudley, Topper and Feuerzeig, LLC. please click the link below:

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  1. WTF VI
    August 30, 2018 at 9:31 AM — Reply

    How inept would police need to be if trying to determine if it was a suicide but not clearly stating the presence of a firearm in the vicinity of the victim or not?

    • August 30, 2018 at 10:02 AM — Reply

      Yes, the Virgin Islands Daily News quoted the Virgin Islands Police Department as saying that a gun was found near the body of the dead man. But the VIPD did not include that information in the official press release. Nor did they say he was a prominent attorney.

      • KV
        August 30, 2018 at 8:24 PM — Reply

        Do you know, if they have confirmed this was suicide? He was our friend.

        • August 31, 2018 at 7:03 AM — Reply

          No, I’m sorry we don’t yet, KV. I am very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences.

  2. WTF VI
    August 30, 2018 at 4:03 PM — Reply

    Thank you

  3. T. Murphy
    September 29, 2018 at 6:21 PM — Reply

    Mike was a college roommate of ours and a dear friend. Please advise any news of the investigation…. we are devastated.

    Thank you John

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