By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE shot and killed a man on Sunday night after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers during a foot chase in the Chippingham area.
Police have shot seven suspects since August 13, five of whom have died.
In the latest incident, police said they received information that a group of young men were armed with firearms in front of a home on Providence Avenue near Infant View Road.
When officers arrived at the home, they found a group of men standing in the street. The men fled when they saw the officers. Police chased the men and caught up with one of them who pointed a handgun at the officers.
Police, in defence of their lives, fired at the suspect, fatally shooting him, the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they recovered a handgun that the male allegedly dropped to the ground.
The shooting death is being investigated by Coroner Jeanine Weech-Gomez.
Last Wednesday, officers shot and killed 32-year-old Rony Jean after he opened fire on them on Spikenard Road.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean said police were hunting the Haitian-Bahamian suspect for several months in connection with 29 armed robberies.
On August 16, officers shot and killed two armed robbery suspects after the pair, with a third suspect, led police on a high-speed chase through the Claridge Road area.
Police said the suspects opened fire after their car crashed into a pole, leading officers to return gunfire and fatally wounding two of the gunmen.
Police shot and killed Nixon Vixamar on August 14, one day before his 31st birthday while in the process of arresting him at his Gamble Heights home.
At the time, ACP Dean said that officers visited a home at Sunrise Road off Baillou Hill Road south shortly after 6am to find a man who was wanted for several complaints of assault.
“When police attempted to arrest the suspect,” ACP Dean said, “he began to resist violently and was subsequently shot. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.”
ACP Dean said police cannot afford to be “sympathetic” towards criminals and if a suspect shoots at police, officers will retaliate, not only for the safety of the police, but also for the public’s safety.
According to The Tribune’s records, there have been seven fatal police shootings this year.