A 23-year-old man is now behind bars following the confiscation of a firearm he allegedly had in possession on Wednesday (May 11) on Grand Turk, after reports of him brandishing the weapon.
Police reports are that, at around 7:53 p.m., officers from the Grand Turk Police Station received numerous calls that an armed man was in the Overback area, in the vicinity of Annette’s Restaurant, brandishing and discharging a fireman.
Officers, who quickly responded, accosted the suspect, and while conducting a search on his person, recovered a loaded handgun.
The suspect was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm , unlawful possession of ammunition and discharging a firearm and is expected to be charged later this week.
Following the arrest, Dwight Gardiner, Superintendent of Community Policing and Divisions said: “I will like to give credit to the RTCIPF management team on Grand Turk and the officers on the frontline that risk their lives to keep the island of Grand Turk safe.
“The officers involved in the arrest and recovery of the illegal firearm and ammunition displayed great courage in the execution of their duties and I will like to commend them for a job well done. By removing this firearm from the street they potentially saved another life and possibly other victims.
“The work of the RTCIPF officers requires continuous vigilance during the execution of their duties and the RTCIPF will not relent in pursuing and bringing to justice persons engaged in crime”.
In the meantime, the police is advising the public to notify the closest police station or to contact Crime Stoppers and give any information illegal activity anonymously.