Head of Police in Tobago, ACP William Nurse says law enforcement officers are paying close attention to an increase in gun violence on the island. Describing the situation as “unacceptable” Nurse said he is currently meeting with officers to operationalise steps to address the issue.
And although the Tobago Division boasted about a 100 per cent murder detention rate last year compared to no charges in connection with murders committed this year, the island’s most senior police official said that arrests are imminent in one case and the others will also be resolved.
The ACP’s comments came after Tobago recorded its third murder for 2021 yesterday when Kamyeon Murray of Mt Saint George was shot in the neck and later died.
According to police reports the 37- year old mason was among a group of men who were playing a game of cards at Back Street Mt. Saint George when a grey AD wagon pulled up and the front seat passengers came out of the vehicle and opened fire at the group of men. The shooter then ran back into vehicle which then sped off. Reports also indicate that police retrieved 10 spent shells from the scene.
When asked if there has been an increase in gun-related crimes on the island ACP Nurse said, “there is some increase in violence involving the use of firearms, however, we are coming together to determine the best approach to bring it down.”
He said although many of the incidents were not fatal, steps will be taken to prevent the situation from spiralling out of control.