Saint Lucia’s Acting Police Commissioner has sounded a warning to self-proclaimed ‘Bad Men’ that his officers will not take threats against them lightly.
Milton Desir made the remarks Thursday after escaped prison inmate Markin Marquis, alias ‘Road Block’, was shot dead by police officers Wednesday night on the Dennery beach.
Law enforcement officials say they received information that murder suspect Marquis was planning to leave Saint Lucia by boat.
It was reported that he was armed at the time he was confronted by the police.
“That is not what we would want,” Acting Commissioner Desir said in relation to the shooting death of the wanted man.
However he made clear that all others who claim to be ‘Bad Men’ and openly threaten police officers will be dealt with ‘accordingly.
Desir explained that from all indications, Marquis himself was claiming to be a bad man.
According to Desir, the deceased had sent threats to police officers, prison officers and members of the public who were witnesses in his criminal case and the cases of his friends.
The senior police officer expressed the view that the deceased was determined to carry out his threats.
“In apprehending him he was armed – that would prove his intentions,” Desir told St Lucia Times.
Marquis was arrested in December last year in connection with the shooting death of Bruceville, Vieux Fort resident Lyndon George, 27 the month before.
George was shot in the head while at a dance hall in the community where he resided.
Acting Commissioner Desir praised members of the public for supporting the police, applauding them for the information they have been sharing with law enforcement officers.
Earlier this week Desir has issued what was clearly a grim warning to persons who try to enter this country illegally by boat from neighbouring Islands amid the current COVID-19 crisis.
He made it clear that police could not guarantee their ‘safe arrest’.
The Acting Police Chief suggested that people were free to interpret his remarks.