Mentally challenged Vieux Fort man runs amok with cutlass

There was pandemonium at Cedar Heights, Vieux Fort, last night when a mentally challenged youth ran amok with a cutlass.

The incident occurred at about 9 pm, Β the Times was informed.

According to reports, family members of the mentally challenged youth summoned the police after he started acting up.

An eyewitness told the Times that the youth attacked his father, inflicting a wound near the neck area and also wounded a police officer before eventually being subdued.

The officer sustained injury to his ear as a cutlass strike narrowly missed his head, the Times was told.

Both the father and the officer were hospitalized, according to information obtained by the Times.

According to reports, the police on the scene fired several non-lethal bean bag shots at the young assailant which failed to stop him.

Police then resorted to potentially lethal ammunition, shooting the assailant in the leg, according to reports.

An eyewitness told the Times that before being subdued, the youth had also tried to attack his brother.

The father had been maimed in the past by the same young man, the Times has been reliably informed.

It is reported that some members of the community who had gathered to watch the incident, at one point started throwing stones at the young man who was acting up before he was finally subdued and taken to hospital.

Some in the crowd were urging the police to use live rounds, one eyewitness said.

Vieux Fort police have a protocol in place for dealing with mentally challenged individuals, involving the use of non-lethal options.

However law enforcers have complained to the new National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, that enough alternatives to the use of lethal force are not available.

The complaints were made recently when Francis, a former Deputy Police Commissioner, met members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), who operate in the North of the Island.

A meeting has been scheduled for next week with officers in the South of the Island.


  1. Anonymous
    August 13, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Hurricane Allen blowing through a town near you

    1. Anonymous
      August 13, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Sad- But-False

  2. Sad-But-True
    August 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Allen’s Good Boys and Girls strikes again πŸ™‚ BeelZebub Demands His Outstanding Payments πŸ™‚

    1. Anonymous
      August 13, 2016 at 11:01 am

      get a life …jeezz

    2. Anonymous
      August 14, 2016 at 10:45 am

      They can’t handle the truth XD

  3. Anonymous
    August 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Vieux-fort again

  4. Anonymous
    August 13, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Give Taizers that’s my take

  5. Unknown
    August 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Those comments here are just so upsetting. What is the damn since of repeating the same damn thing all the time. Ask chastanet if u want him. The two of you should try to keep u all opinion inside u all a……chooops

    1. Anonymous
      August 14, 2016 at 10:43 am

      You cried Kenny when he was in power, now your beloved Allen is facing the same, oh the hypocrisy…lol….Deal with it (β€’_β€’) ( β€’_β€’)>βŒβ– -β–  (βŒβ– _β– ).

  6. danny
    August 13, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Officers must take it light on those s/l

  7. Anonymous
    August 13, 2016 at 10:10 am

    We always criticize the police when we perceive them to have failed. I think in this instance they have to commended for exercising much restraint, at the expense of their personal safety. It’s not often do you see people , especially family members, chastising the police for failing to resort to lethal force to bring a potentially deadly situation to an end. But in this instance they did. I too was frustrated with their reluctance to shoot him is an area that would stop him sooner but against all odds they tried to avoid killing him. A death to my mind that would have been fully justified. So hats off to you officers for a job well done. To the injured officer I wish you speedy recovery. We need to support our officers folks as they are all we have. So let’s not only scold them but support them when we too. After all they are out sons and daughters.

    1. Anonymous
      August 13, 2016 at 10:13 am

      *when we have to

  8. Anonymous
    August 13, 2016 at 11:37 am

    The last mentally unstabled man was shot and killed when Dr. Anthony was in power. Was it Kenny’s fault? You haaaaacks like to much roro. Thats why zot deirier kon deux tallon sal. Do something constructive and leave politics alone.

    1. Anonymous
      August 13, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Totally agree with u. They just need to go find work to do. It’s a red and yellow thing thats not finishing. All the politicians have seen their daily meals for the next 15 Years while we think of what we gonna have tonite.
      Rubbish comments

  9. Anonymous
    August 13, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    The secret society is responsible for all this the rich living In cap estate with their swimming pools whiles the poor suffer what we need is a communism state In st Lucia

    1. the rich
      August 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Somebody’s fault you dont live cap estate….please!!! Smh

  10. The Commentator
    August 13, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Good know that he was not killed by the police.
    The police need to go out with their riot gear (helmets, body armour, shields and batons) when trying to apprehend the mentally ill. The use of helmets, shields and body armour will allow each police officer to get very close to the patient without putting themselves in harm’s way.

    1. truth
      August 14, 2016 at 7:20 am


    2. Anonymous
      August 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

      And where in St. Lucia can you find riot gear to provide for the police? Because I’m certain, if successive governments refuse to decriminalise something as important as tasers and pepper spray, there is no way that they will provide the police officers with anything but guns and a uniform.

  11. Anonymous
    August 14, 2016 at 3:21 am


  12. Kmm
    August 18, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Sad but tru once again u are killing me looool…i jus dunno why people tk u so serius…if they cudda fly on u they wud long time…no matter wat party i am supporting i feel at times people too serius about politics…get a lil sense of humor yall…yall making sad but tru make yall pressure go up stay deh like raging fools…uh uh…avaitaye…loool…lafter…therapy for da soul tun…so yall think the person will stop being humorous cuz yall mad…fink again yall shud realise that…anyways… back to the article…the boy fada nearly tk his death deh wee…well thank god the law men did wat they cud of done to help him…poor jab…sad thing is the boy dont even know wat he doing