On Tuesday, officers from the Dennery Police Station investigating a report of gunshots at La Pointe, Dennery, arrested and charged a twenty-nine-year-old man.
Police identified the accused as La Pointe resident Yannick Mathurin.
According to a Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) press release, officers noticed a man on the verandah of a wooden house while investigating the gunshots.
The release said the man ran inside, so suspicious officers pursued him and found him hiding in the bathroom.
When the law enforcers searched the bathroom, they found a 9 mm pistol with two magazines containing 27 rounds of 9 mm ammunition collectively.
As a result, they arrested and charged Yannick Mathurin for possessing a firearm and ammunition without a valid licence after he failed to produce one.
A Magistrate’s Court remanded him into custody when he appeared for bail.
Dennery has recently experienced a spike in gun crimes.
On Saturday night, thirty-three-year-old Jackson Wilton, also known as “JJ” of Belmont, Dennery, succumbed to gunshot injuries.
Days later, on Monday, emergency responders from the Dennery Fire Station rushed to High Street, Dennery, where a sixty-two-year-old resident had sustained gunshot injuries.
The emergency crew transported him to hospital.
The patient, identified as Pius Laurent, also known as Roberson, was reportedly in stable condition at the time.
Dennery residents recalled that Laurent’s seventeen-year-old son, Daniel Laurent, died in a hail of gunfire at White Rock, Dennery about two years ago.