SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) - Detectives are presently investigating a shooting which took place at “El Capitan” on the Sucker garden road on Monday December 31stat approximately 1.35 a.m.
A police patrol in the area while driving on the Sucker Garden road noticed that a commotion was going on the parking lot of “El Capitan”. When the patrol drove onto the parking lot in order to investigate the situation they learnt that a shooting had taken place whereby two persons had been shot and that those responsible for this act had fled the scene in a Black SUV and headed into the direction of Bishop Hill.
The Emergency Dispatch was immediately informed with what was going on and sent several other patrols, detectives, and forensic investigators to assist. Another police patrol located in the immediate area was informed that the vehicle was heading in their direction and that they should look out for it.
At the same time another patrol headed into the direction where the suspect vehicle had fled. During the chase the suspect managed to escape causing the patrol vehicle to collide head-on. As a result of this collision one officer suffered a wound to his head and the other complained of pain in her arms.
In the meantime paramedics treated the two victims on the scene of the shooting and transported both to the Sint Maarten Medical Centre for further treatment. The area was immediately cordoned off in order for the forensic investigators to collect evidence and detectives to speak to witnesses on the scene.
The Emergency Dispatch was later informed by the staff of the Medical Centre that one of the victims had died of the injuries he sustained. The other victim was wounded in his legs and arm and is in stable condition.
Both police officers were taken to the Sint Maarten Medical Centre for treatment. What was the motive for the shooting and who the suspect is, is being investigated by detectives.
More details of this shooting are not available at this time. When more details become available the media will be informed. (Sint Maarten Police Force)