Security Guard killed during first day on the job

Security Guard, Urias Dwight Compton, 42, was killed during his first day on the job Tuesday.

The Chief Security Officer at Top Security Services, Timothy John, disclosed that the deceased was working with another company before.

“I don’t think the payment was all he was expecting so he decided to come across with me. I know I needed people like him,” John said.

The Top Security Services boss said because of Compton’s potential, he wanted him to be one of the Team Leaders in the company.

According to the police, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Castries, received a report of a shooting in the vicinity of the Caribbean Cinemas complex, at Choc, Castries, about 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Compton and another Security Guard are reported to have taken cash from Domino’s Pizza and were about to enter a vehicle to go and deposit the money at a local bank, when they were confronted by two masked gunmen.

According to the police statement, Compton sustained gunshot injuries.

An armed civilian who was in close proximity responded and an exchange of gunfire ensued between the assailants and the citizen, during which time one of the suspects is believed to have sustained gunshot wounds, the police statement said.

Both suspects subsequently fled the scene of the incident while Compton was taken to Victoria Hospital via ambulance and succumbed to his injuries at around 10.20 pm.

Law enforcement sources have said that a male individual who showed up at Victoria Hospital Tuesday night for treatment for gunshot wounds, is currently under armed guard.

It was reported that a bags of cash which contained less than $2000 was recovered.

Timothy John said the death of his employee has been a ‘very hard moment’ for him.

Saint Lucia has so far recorded thirty-five homicides for the year.


  1. Friend
    September 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    His middle name is Darwin

  2. Let's stop the criminal before they stop us
    September 6, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Condolences to the family of the security so sad I hope if the guy at hospital nursing the gunshot wound if he’s the killer I won’t hear him on bail then later send him overseas like the guy on the bike that killed the old man near the gros-islet gas station because most police officers working more with the criminals than the victims

  3. Anonymous
    September 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    The owner of the security company should be sued by the estate of the deceased for assigning him a very dangerous task without the appropriate equipment. You cannot do cash escort, a very risky assignment without a firearm. This guy was just a sitting duck. Thanks to the two civilians, one a former police officer, who were present at the time for preventing further loss of life.

  4. Jo Shmo
    September 7, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Very sad…..yet another cry to implement the death penalty. Too much shate happening in sweet Helen!

  5. Kamizol
    September 7, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild West! Very sad and worrying.

  6. Romer.
    September 7, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Death over 2000 dollars, someone’s son,father,friend, uncle, cousin, grandad, had to suffer and die. Sad state of affairs. Condolences to the mourning families.

  7. Ian
    September 7, 2017 at 7:15 am

    The justice system is weak and broken. Customs and excise department will charge you thousands for bringing in surveillance systems to keep yourself and family safe.

  8. Simon
    September 7, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I agree if indeed the guy was assigned cash escort without protective gear the owner of the security company should be held accountable. What even more disappointing the the above mentioned security company owner is a survivor of an armed robbery some time ago at waterfront in front of BOSL where Officer Vincent was killed. His company and its operations should review to ensure that all requirements are met. Sometime ago Minister King raised concerns about security companies and their operations. I wondering to date what has been done. Many of these private security companies owners are paid well but do even invest in equipment and training for their staff but rather pocket the profits. Some security guards are not even furnished with basic handcuffs or flashlights. Another point how many of these companies have insurance for their staff. The gentleman have lost his life will his family get any form of compensations? I am just asking . My sincere condolences to his family.