The Chief Security Officer at Top Security Services, Timothy John, wants the authorities here to make the process of obtaining licensed firearms less tedious, asserting that it is sometimes very difficult to obtain firearms when security companies apply.
“The reason why we do not give everybody guns is that sometimes it is a little difficult when you apply for firearms to get firearms,” John said, adding that as a result most times he has to be with his Security Officers.
He asserted that requests are sometimes turned down without explanation.
“The issuing of firearms is not something that they do easily,” John observed.
He expressed the view that with the number of security companies currently operating in Saint Lucia, it should be mandatory that all persons doing escort duties should carry a firearm.
John said it would be up to the police to ensure, once they have information about a Security Officer suggesting that the individual should not carry a weapon, to inform the security company that employs the person.
John spoke in the aftermath of Tuesday’s fatal shooting of Top Security Services employee, Urias Dwight Compton, 42.
Compton and another security guard were both unarmed when they were confronted by masked gunmen in the vicinity of the Caribbean Cinemas complex, after collecting cash from Domino’s Pizza to deposit in a local bank, it has been reported.
According to a police statement, a private citizen exchanged gunfire with the bandits who fled.
A man who reported to Victoria Hospital with gunshot wounds on the same night was placed under armed police guard and is suspected of having been involved in Tuesday evening’s incident.