Police officer placed on desk duty as probe continues into fatal shooting

The Acting Commissioner of Police is promising that no stone would be left unturned in getting to the bottom of the fatal police shooting of a man at Dash Gap, Bank Hall, St Michael last Sunday.

Acting Commissioner Tyrone Griffith told Barbados TODAY that the Royal Barbados Police Force had no intention of making any decisions on its own regarding the fate of the officer who pulled the trigger, but would be referring the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and, or the Coroner for guidance.

Describing the shooting death of 57-year-old Selwyn Knight as an unfortunate incident and expressing heartfelt condolences to the family, Griffith said a team of detectives, led by a senior police officer, was conducting a thorough investigation of the matter in which Knight’s son Junior was also shot and injured in the same situation.

Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith
Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith

“I would want to extend heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Mr Knight for what I must describe as a  most unfortunate incident. I wish them well in the circumstances. A team of detectives, led by a very senior officer is conducting investigations into the matter and at this stage, I cannot go into any details, as the investigations are very fluid,” the police chief added.

“We would need to get all the facts before we could give any details,” he pointed out.

Griffith said the officer at the centre of the shooting had been assigned to desk duties in the short term and was receiving counselling.

The commissioner explained that he did not see any reason at this stage to send the officer on leave.

However, the top cop stressed that if the investigations revealed anything that warranted criminal charges, “let the chips fall where they may”.

“When the investigations are conducted, we will not take it upon ourselves to make any decisions unless we first refer that matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for his guidance.

He disclosed that the case had not yet been referred to the DPP.

“We have to wait until we have all the investigations are completed totally, so that he [DPP] would have all the facts, evidence and circumstances before him, to give that guidance,” Griffith contended.

Asked what impact the deadly shooting incident was having on the Force, the police commissioner replied: “Obviously . . . it is painful for us. We are not involved regularly in shooting incidents that result in death. It is not the kind of situation that we wish we would be in.”

Only yesterday, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said he was sorry about the incident and expressed regret to the family.

Selwyn Knight was gunned down and his son Junior shot in the back as they overpowered a young man who had just broken into their house and stole a tablet computer. The man they held turned out to be 27-year-old Jamal Amal Skeete of Bedford Lane, Greenfield, St Michael, who yesterday pleaded guilty to the charge of burglary.

Skeete expressed remorse that his stealing of the tablet computer resulted in the death of the father, brother, husband and friend.

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

14 Responses to Benched

  1. Andrew The Voice March 19, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Then do the right thing.

    • Andrew The Voice March 19, 2015 at 2:16 am

      This officer NEEDS to be on NO PAY leave until such time, he took a mans life and destroyed a family. The family is suffering and the Killer gets desk duty?? SMH, somethings wrong with this picture.

  2. Caroline Hartley
    Caroline Hartley March 19, 2015 at 3:31 am

    ” I wish them well” in my opinion I would not use those words to a grieving family, A bad choice of words.

  3. Token Black
    Token Black March 19, 2015 at 4:26 am

    A whole man dead and his Son shot twice in the back by an off duty gun toting cop who has been the center of controversy from 2011 to present, yet they see no reason to send him on leave. This just keeps getting more and more sickening. Stomach churning to say the least.

  4. Terry Clarke
    Terry Clarke March 19, 2015 at 5:01 am

    That is a Sham and a Travesty!!! I am trying to clear my throat on this. Now we are wondering why they are some running around this country like no bodies business, with critical info that can solve most of these offences? We need real tangible divine help.

  5. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox March 19, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Wonder if that was a American or British tourist what would be de response. The world is watching people

  6. Bumba Lion
    Bumba Lion March 19, 2015 at 6:04 am

    If wat ur sayin is true the police constable should be on remand at her majesty prison dobbs

  7. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes March 19, 2015 at 6:31 am

    They need to stop using this photo.

  8. Natalie Carmichael
    Natalie Carmichael March 19, 2015 at 7:17 am

    He should be in prison all dem trying to do is cover up this whole thing but I just want dem know God not sleeping and justice needs to be served

  9. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua March 19, 2015 at 7:28 am

    …….We Will be waiting and watching……

  10. Aldo March 19, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Mr commissioner please your statements already putting salt in the wound ,this is a serious matter and you don’t put your man on desk duty on tax payers, he had no reason to come out shooting two on arm men in the back and killing one ,you’ll been watching too much tv.

  11. Realist March 19, 2015 at 8:50 am

    There are all dum.ies in the police force. Dum.y No.1 shot the innocent in the back. Dum.y No.2 placed Dum.y No. 1 on desk duties when he knows that he doesn’t have any brains at all just brawns. What would he now do at the desk…lose files?

  12. Dianne Freeman March 20, 2015 at 2:28 am

    A bunch of bull if he had identified him self ,then it would have gone different too trigger happy an eye for and eye not good enough if it was Guyana he would be dealt wid by other means or foul

  13. Adrian Hinds March 20, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Does this policeman not have a name? why the secrecy?


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