Masked shooters shouted ‘Police!’moments before opening fire at Vieux Fort resident, Howard Henry, 38, it has been reported.
According to a relative who spoke to St Lucia Times on spoke on condition of anonymity, neighbours reported a banging on the door of the house where Henry lived at New Dock Road and persons identifying themselves as police officers.
The relative said that on the basis of that identification, Henry opened the door just before midnight on Wednesday and was shot.
But the relative believes that it was a case of mistaken identity and that the gunmen, believed to be two in number, were actually after others in the house who fled after Henry sustained a gunshot wound to the lower body.
He is reported to have bled profusely before being conveyed by ambulance to St Jude Hospital.
The victim succumbed Saturday morning.
The family member who spoke to St Lucia Times expressed concern over the development, asserting that impersonations of police officers could create problems for both law enforcers and citizens.
According to the relative, who told St Lucia Times that it was not the first such incident in Vieux Fort, people could well become suspicious of genuine police officers in plain clothes who come calling.
One person is currently in police custody assisting with investigations into the latest homicide.
The relative told St Lucia Times that the deceased was keeping house for the owner who is in neighbouring Martinique.
The family member said that the mother of the deceased passed away just a few months ago