Police urged to be on guard after shots fired at officer

The President of the Police Welfare Association (PWA), Travis Chicot, has urged police officers to be security conscious and on their guard, after an incident Tuesday in which one of their colleagues was fired at by a gunman on Riverside Road.

The officer, who was unhurt, returned fire and the gunman fled.

It was unclear whether the gunman was injured.

Chicot told St Lucia Times that the police will continue to provide a service to the people of this country come what may and will not allow criminals elements to ‘push us back’.

The PWA President said the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force will seek to ensure that a safe environment is created in Saint Lucia.

He said criminals should not hold the country to ransom over issues that can be peacefully resolved, an obvious reference to the recent upsurge in gun violence that is believed to be gang related.

“I want to urge the criminals to put down the guns and think of ways in which we can become a more productive society,” Chicot declared.

He noted that the PWA will stand with its members when they ‘take action’, especially in view of Tuesday’s incident on Riverside Road.

“We are saying that it is high time when our members face such a situation, the Welfare Association will stand with them and provide whatever necessary counselling is needed,” the PWA official told St Lucia Times.

“My main message to criminals is to put down the guns. We have lost too many young men through gun violence – we need young men to put down the guns and live productive lives,” Chicot said.

He said the young men should look to ‘the Most High’ whom he described as the ‘Master Solver of all problems.’



  1. Anonymous
    September 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    New Testament Verse of the Day:
    He gave a mighty shout: “Babylon is fallen – that great city is fallen! She has become a home for demons. She is a hideout for every foul spirit, a hideout for every foul vulture and every foul and dreadful animal.”

    – Revelation 18: 2

    1. Eric Shon
      September 13, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      This is really helpful, not.

  2. Anonymous
    September 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    What is fueling this uptick in gun crimes and the callous behavior in St. Lucia? Is it:
    A) poor parental guidance & control
    B) lack of education
    C) gangterism
    D) drugs
    E) unemployment
    F) revenge killings
    What are some of the possible solutions?


  3. Eric Shon
    September 13, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Well stated sir. No need for the last reference.

  4. Wisdom is needed in all things
    September 16, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    The things the system accept is getting closer to home, everything they let slide and innocent civilians cry and bear they chest will come knocking at they doors don’t forget in are all in this together am happy its hitting they doors and for making this statement the head officer is an ass now the criminals know and feel feared by the system and cops, my st Lucian people u have a right to protect yourselves self-defense is not murder

  5. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    This officers is an ass u thing they will reality check, the system has no balls since they don’t get the job done the criminals are stepping out don’t play like this is the first time police officers get shots fired at them,stop talking and do you all job tax payers should feel safe we pay u all salaries and demand peace of mind if the cops aren’t capable self-defense is the key st Lucians u have a right to protect yourselves wisdom is needed in all things and to get the criminals off the street comes with a price just pay for it people love money

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