A Coolie Town mother, Patricia Sonny, has told St. Lucia Times that had she not shielded her son from a man who had a gun pointed at him, the son may have been a dead man today.
A distraught Sonny said it was a few minutes after 9:00AM. Wednesday when she was inside her home having breakfast.
Whilst having breakfast my second son went inside the bathroom and bathe, put on his clothes and was standing outside, so I heard my other son who was outside cleaning chicken say: ‘A a, what is going on here?’ So I rushed out to go and see who he talking about, she told the Times.
She disclosed that yard is fenced with a gate.
Sonny said when she got outside her son, holding the knife with which he was cleaning the chicken, was inquiring of some men what they wanted.
“He had chicken grease all over his hand. I say ‘a little again God – I reach outside just in time,” the Coolie Town resident said.
Sonny told the Times that she assumed the men were police officers because of the firearms they carried.
She recalled that one of the men drew his weapon and aimed it at her son.
According to her, the man, dressed in a brown tee shirt and sporting a heavy chain with a crucifix, kept telling her son:
You better put that knife down! You better put that knife down!
She said she stood in front of her son.
“I told my son ‘put the knife down because you cleaning chicken,’ and I said: ‘Officer, do you have a search warrant for my yard? Or show me some form of identification,'” Sonny said.
She said the man’s response was to tell her:
Lady, you better keep quiet!
According to Sonny, she told the man he could not come into her yard and tell her to keep quiet.
She recalled that she kept insisting that the men show some form of identification.
She told St. Lucia Times that her request fell on deaf ears.
Sonny said one of the men at this point held on to her other son and tried to search him, while she continued requesting identification or a search warrant.
She asserted that had she not been at home, her son would have been shot in cold blood with a motive of self defense being declared.
Sonny said that because of the uproar, neighbours started flocking to the scene and the driver of one of the two vehicles in which the men had arrived came out and started calling his companions by name.
“He calling them and he telling them ‘Come! Come!'” she stated.
But she said the ones being summoned did not initially respond.
“While my son standing behind me, the one in the brown t-shirt he in so much rage he reached out and he slapped my son!,” she stated.
Sonny told St. Lucia Times there were three men in all who initially entered her yard, while another sat in a pickup van.
She noted that another black vehicle was also parked outside.
She said none of the men she saw were wearing police uniforms.
Asked why she assumed they were police officers, Sonny said:
They had big guns – they are police officers because the gun is on their side.
She also indicated that side arms were in holsters.
Sonny said her 23 year old son, who is employed at a local supermarket, has never been in trouble with the law.
She told St Lucia Times that she began shouting and indicating that she had no problem with the police searching her yard once they identified themselves or presented a warrant.
“I keep on shouting and shouting and shouting, then the driver of the four-door came, he stand up by the gate and he keep on calling – he calling them telling them to come out. ‘Come out!’ And my son was doing a video. He telling them: ‘Come out!'”
She said the men eventually left.
Sonny said she intends to make a formal report about the incident to the Police Complaints Commission.