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“Santa” shot by Police

The injured Fontenoy youth on his hospital bed

The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has launched an investigation into the second police shooting of a civilian within four months on the island.

THE NEW TODAY understands that the injured person is Chris “Santa” Regis of Fontenoy, St. George.

The police issued a brief statement on Tuesday about the shooting incident which resulted in villagers taking the law into their own hands and throwing debris and garbage into the street.

The RGPF statement said: “An investigation has commenced into a police-involved shooting that occurred on 21st October, 2020, at Fontenoy, St. George.

“Preliminary information is that a male in his twenties, received a single gunshot wound, during a police operation conducted in the early hours of Wednesday.

“The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is committed to upholding an impartial and transparent investigation”.

Residents told THE NEW TODAY that the shooting arose from an incident in which the young man was seen smoking a ganja joint by the police who confronted them.

One resident said it appears that there was a tussle between a policeman and the youth who managed to free himself and decided to run away and the cop chased after him.

The villagers are alleging that the policeman shot Regis in the area of the shoulder from the back.

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Regis was a national swimmer and had represented Grenada at an international level. Currently, he is attached to the Imani programme as a swim coach at the primary school level.

Dozens of angry persons soon assembled on the scene and started to protest by throwing debris and garbage onto the street.

Within minutes, the police dispatched several heavily armed officers into the area including members of the Special Services Unit (SSU) to take control of the situation and to clear the road of debris such as galvanize and wood.

A former top police officer who lives in the area was seen talking to villagers to calm them and to also help in the clean-up operation.

Fontenoy is known to be a stronghold in the St. George North-west constituency which is represented in Parliament since 1984 by current Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell.

The other shooting incident that took place and attracted protest action was in Gouyave about 4 months ago involving a 24-year old popular footballer and a Corporal of Police.

A police investigation that was conducted cleared the Corporal of Police of any wrongdoing in the shooting incident.

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