Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir Wednesday declared that it was a very sad day for the force as a murder charge was laid against a police officer.
The charges arose out of the death of Ronnie Samuel, 22.
Samuel is alleged to have been fatally shot by a police officer during a Jouvert activity in Gros Islet on August 1, 2018.
The deceased is reported to have earlier opened fire, wounding two individuals in the process.
“We have an officer responding to duty who is now charged for murder,” the Acting Police Commissioner told reporters.
Desir recalled having said in the past that officers who respond to situations have to ensure that the actions they take are justified.
He expressed the hope that the officer in question will be able to justify the actions he took.
Desir explained that the officer was neither off duty nor responding on his own.
“It was a situation based on an event – something happened and the officer was responding,” Desir stated.
He observed that an individual died as a result of the officer’s actions.
The Acting Police Commissioner told reporters that the matter was investigated by a police officer.
“We keep hearing when police officers are investigating other officers you don’t get results and the case will not go forward. Today this officer was charged by another officer who was investigating the matter,” Desir asserted.
He disclosed that based on the evidence and direction from the Director of Public Prosecutions, charges were laid.
Desir urged members of the force to continue doing their duties diligently and in accordance with the law.
He declared that in such circumstances, officers would not need to fear.
Several members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force turned out Wednesday morning outside the CID building in a show of solidarity with their colleague who was charged with murder.
The police did not reveal the identity of the officer.
They indicated that an official release would follow his appearance in court.