A Jamaican gun suspect died Friday morning in the first fatal police officer-involved shooting in Cayman since at least the 1980’s, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service confirmed Friday.
The dead man, who has been identified to the Cayman Compass as Norval Barrett, 34, was in the Cayman Islands illegally. Police Commissioner Derek Byrne said the suspect was the subject of a search warrant being served in the Windsor Park area of George Town around 5:30 a.m. Friday. Mr. Byrne declined to independently confirm Barrett’s identity, citing the ongoing investigation.
According to police accounts of the incident, the suspect exited the door of a residence on Theresa Drive with a firearm. Mr. Byrne said two RCIPS armed officers fired “a number of shots” and injured the suspect.
Barrett was transported to hospital and pronounced dead at 6:16 a.m. Friday, police said.
Mr. Byrne said he could not confirm whether the suspect had fired any shots at police, although he said that was being looked at. The firearm recovered by police at the scene was loaded, Mr. Byrne said.
A team of officers from the Bermuda Police Service will arrive in the Cayman Islands this weekend to conduct an independent review of the police officers’ use of force in connection with the shooting incident.
See Monday’s Cayman Compass for the full story. — Ed.