L’ Anse Road resident, Michael Beharry, says his mentally challenged son, Mervin Beharry, had a toy gun in his possession when he was shot by the police Monday morning.
The father told St Lucia Times that he was at home taking his medication when he heard four gunshots.
“I went down the road and I saw a lot of people standing there, so I went to see and I saw it was my son that the police shot,” Michael Beharry recalled.
He said when he ventured to see his son, the police prevented him.
“They pushed me back. They told me they will talk to me in a bit – but up to now, they never talked to me,” the father stated.
He said the victim was taken to hospital.
“He is not too bad,” the father said of his son’s medical condition.
According to the father, his son was shot twice – once in the leg and once in the chest.
Law enforcement officials said that officers were responding to a report of a male brandishing a gun in L’ Anse Road when the shooting took place about 11.00 a.am. after a ‘confrontation’.
Michael Beharry however asserted that his son had a toy gun.
“It’s a toy gun the man had. A toy gun. He always has toy guns. We always telling him to put these things away, because if the police catch him they will want to do something with him and that’s what happened today,” he told St Lucia Times.
Beharry revealed that his son, who is in his forties, is not “all there”.
He described the situation as sad.