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Convicted Felon Who Drove With Machine Gun In His Car On St. Croix … Shot Dead In St. Thomas Wednesday: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A convicted felon who drove a vehicle on St. Croix with a machine gun and two handguns in it 25 years ago — was shot to death in downtown St. Thomas on Wednesday night, authorities said.

Michael McKie, 42, of St. Croix was shot to death in Hospital Ground near the Fish Market shortly before 8:14 p.m. Wednesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Dispatched officers found a black male with no vital signs,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

The man was identified by next of kin as McKie, according to Derima.

On April 14, 1995, McKie’s car was stopped by the VIPD for a routine traffic violation on St. Croix, police records indicate.

With the vehicle stopped, four police officers discovered a Tec-9 machine, a .45-caliber pistol and a .38-caliber pistol inside the vehicle, court documents said.

This homicide is currently under active investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911, the Major Crime Unit at (340) 774-2211, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

But not everyone agreed with the V.I. Free Press‘ editorial decision to relate that McKie was a convicted felon and repeat offender.

“Why does whay he did 25 whole years ago have any importance or relevance to his death? I swear people can’t escape their past smdh (shaking my damn head) ” Jenn Kahalau said on Facebook today.

Michael McKie on social media site.
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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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