Attorney General yet to receive official report on Dash Gap killing

The Cabinet Minister responsible for the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) is tonight expressing serious concern over the shooting death of 57-year-old Selwyn Knight, which came at the hands of a police officer at Dash Gap, Bank Hall, St Michael on Sunday.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said he wanted the family to know that he was profoundly sorry for their loss and empathized with them in their time of grief.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite chaired the Cabinet sub-committee of Cabinet which Sir Marston Gibson said had indicated the post of ADR Coordinator would be created to run the ADR programme for the courts.
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

“I must say how profoundly sorry that I am to the Knight family at the loss of a father, a husband, a friend and a brother. It is always very, very sad when we lose one of our citizens,” Brathwaite told Barbados TODAY.

The Attorney General broke his silence today on the killing of Knight, whose son Junior was also shot in the back and injured while they were reportedly in the process of holding a man who had earlier broken into their home and stolen a tablet computer.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY yesterday, Junior explained that after he and his father had actually caught up with the man and brought him under their control, shots were heard.

“When my father was gine fuh de [electronic] tablet now, I just hear gunshots ringing and then see my father stumbling gine towards the front part of the vehicle [he was driving]. So when I leh go de fellow now and concentrate on my father now is when I end up getting shoot in my back when I was there with my father,” Junior recalled.

“So as the shot him me, I fell to the ground and when I turned my father head just hit my foot and I hold he and I shake he and I hollah fuh he and I realize he was not responding,” the son said as the tears filled his eyes.

While conceding that it was never easy losing a loved one, the Attorney General said it was not his role to judge the legality or otherwise of the shooting.

“I have not seen any kind of [official] report and therefore all I can say at this time is that it is very unfortunate,” Brathwaite stressed.

He said that based on his experience, police officers involved in shootings were usually very traumatized.

“So it’s not a case where the officer goes home and believes that all is well and goes about his normal business. I am sure that the officer involved will also have some difficulties presently and in the future,” he said.

So far the identity of the officer has not been released or any charges brought, even though questions have been asked about why no warning shot had been fired by the lawman before pulling the trigger.

Following the incident, 27-year-old Jamal Amal Skeete of Bedford Lane, Greenfield, St Michael, was charged with burglary.   

A remorseful Skeete appeared in court today, where he pleaded guilty to the charge.

“I really don’t know what to say about this matter because a whole man’s life has been lost due to my nonsense,” Skeete said.

He also told the magistrate that unless he wanted to give him “one last opportunity” so that he could undergo rehabilitation, “it is up to you Sir.”


Please also see Page 10 of Barbados Today 03/17/2015 edition – http://epaper.barbadostoday.bb.

7 Responses to Unfortunate!

  1. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams March 18, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Well, let the public of bim get an official report then- I heard a scuffle amongst the son, father and perp ensued, and they were shot (son and father) by a 4th person……..If this is the case and that person is a cop, then i am not certain why they would have acted in such a manner……Verbal gestures to break up the melee, calling for back up, properly assessing the situation as any “prudent” officer would do, is what i would have expected……..i am merely speculating but it is widely publicized that the family, and by extension concerned bajans, neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed answers.

  2. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell March 18, 2015 at 2:26 am

    vague vague vague responses from Minister and the Police Force Commissioner. Its a shame they just can’t call it like it is – MURDER. That off duty officer was NOT involved with the scuffle so he can’t say he shot a man dead in self defense, and endangered another man’s life, he showed the traits of a gun tooting “shoot first ask questions later rookie who being Off Duty wasn’t even allowed out there as a Police Man, he should have followed protocol and called back up, gave warning to the people involved in the scuffle first and definitely not shoot to kill but try to disable first.

  3. Alex Alleyne March 18, 2015 at 6:01 am

    I do hope that this won’t be fustrated in the law courts for about 40 years .

  4. Realist March 18, 2015 at 8:31 am

    To the Knight family, I am honestly feeling your pain and I would have responded in the same manner as the Father/son. Therefore it could have been me in your situation. Just remember God is present in all of this.

    To the police officer, this is blatantly a case where your are a misfit, untrained and don’t have the brains for a job. You have made so many errors, it is unbelievable. How did you forget to fire warning shots in the air to break up the scuffle or announce loudly that you are a police officer? More importantly, how do you shoot someone twice in the back? You must have been really scared. This is not the wild wild west and even then it was illegal to shoot a person in the back.

    • HJF March 18, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Well said “Realist”….

  5. peter brown March 18, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Didn’t know they were so many stupid ppl in Bim. Don’t have a clue what happened that fateful morning but jumping to conclusions. smh

  6. joe March 18, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I see the officer get sent on leave but you know that every little thing that happen if ya guilty or not ya face does be in de papers or ya name so hw comes this officer name is being kept out de papers ,we de public does pay de public servants including de police and we shud see he face and he name ,dis thing gt a long run to come de facts de lies and de cover ups just to save one man job and de reputation of de force .Bt thru out all of dis i hope de family is remembered as having lost a love one thru one man ‘s stupidity who as a trained policeman shud hve acted professionally …….. I hope justice is serve accordingly


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