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Will Police Officer Be Charged For Shooting ?

Will Police Officer Be Charged For Shooting ?
July 05
12:59 2019

Friday, July 5th. 2019 –

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is reportedly reviewing a case file to determine whether justifiable force was used in a Police-related shooting over the weekend which left three persons including a woman and another Police Officer injured.

The findings of both criminal and internal investigations will determine whether charges will be brought against Police Constable Tyler Castillo for causing gunshot injuries to Raquel McKenzie, 26, Police Officer Keon Augustine, 24 and former Police Officer Edmond Cayetano.

Mckenzie reportedly sustained a gunshot wound to her left leg while Cayetano was shot to his right leg. It is still unclear to what part of his body Augustine was injured and authorities say that they are still investigating whether Augustine received his injuries in the same shooting.

The group was reportedly at a dance in Dangriga Town around 2:30 a.m. on June 29th when a fight broke out inside the club. Police say that in his line of duty as an officer of the law Castillo intervened in the commotion and attempted to put an end to the brawl which was breaking loose.

Unfortunately, during the scuffle, Castillo became involved in an altercation with Cayetano and he pulled out his service-issued firearm and fired a single shot at Cayetano, causing the above mentioned injuries. In the process, the bullet ricocheted and injured Mckenzie.

On Monday Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch, ACP Joseph Myvett explained that “there is an ongoing investigation or a parallel investigation which is a criminal investigation as well as an investigation being carried out by the Professional Standards Branch. His weapon was taken into custody and he was brought in where he was interviewed taking into consideration that he was acting in the line of duty. However, an investigation is still ongoing and that file is being put together to be submitted to the DPP for her advice on decide whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed with any charges.”

As to whether the officer should or shouldn’t have fired off live rounds in a congested area, Police reserved their comment but noted that it all boiled down to the officer’s discretion to use his weapon if he felt like his life was in danger.

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