Cops did not have to kill Husbands – residents
Residents of a Trents, St Lucy district are demanding answers about the circumstances under which a mentally ill man was fatally shot by police yesterday.
Acting Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force Inspector Stephen Griffith reported that lawmen were called to the area to respond to an incident just after 10 a.m. when Dwayne Husbands confronted the officers and was shot.
Griffith confirmed that an investigation had been ordered into the incident.
However, people in the community are questioning whether police needed to shoot the father of one to de-escalate the situation.
As Husbands’ sister washed his blood away from the spot where he took his last breath, outspoken resident Michelle McClean said she was angry over her friend’s death.
“It is hurtful,” she said.
“Why was his life taken today? What purpose was Dwayne’s life taken this morning? We will never know, but the police know; someone knows,” continued a visibly upset McClean who said Husbands had looked after her garden occasionally.
One resident who did not give his name said Husbands’ mental illness would cause him to “trip” sometimes, but it was always brought under control.
“This shouldn’t have happen to he; he wasn’t that bad,” the man said.
About three hours after the shooting – just after 1 p.m. – family members and close relatives, including Husbands’ mother, arrived at the scene and identified the body before it was taken away. They were too distraught to speak to the media or provide a picture of the young man.
However, his uncle Hazel Blenman told Barbados TODAY that he was saddened by the sudden loss. However, he would not question the circumstances of his nephew’s death because he was not present when the shooting occurred.
“I feel sad. He is my nephew and he has passed on, so naturally I feel aggrieved. But I can’t apportion any blame or anything because I don’t know the circumstances. But I know that definitely he had a mental issue and it was known, and it was known by the police. You got to take those things into context and deal with them as they are,” he said.
Blenman disclosed that Husbands had sought treatment in England and had been on medication since his return to Barbados.
Meanwhile, the deceased’s next-door neighbour said she was at a funeral when Husband was shot, and felt he might not have been killed had see been home.
“I sorry that I [wasn’t] home. I know that fella from a little boy. He was a quiet fella, very humble.”