Police shoot, kill gun suspect

Early Friday morning, police officers had the entire property around an apartment complex on Theresa Drive just south of the Windsor Park playground cordoned off. - Photo: Brent Fuller

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.

THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED: Ex-con killed by police is first fatal officer-suspect shooting in decades 

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.

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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. 

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  1. The one thing I do not understand about this, is why a special force has to come in from Bernuda police service to investigate,
    Every day police shoot criminals in Jamaica, Eastern Caribbean countries, like St Lucia, St Vincent, Trinidad and many others and no investigating team is brought in from another country to investigate. It would be very helpful hearing the facts from the legal department why this is done in Cayman..

  2. Twyla , I agree but good luck with hearing from legal department, but I think that it’s to show that we are better than them , and it gives the clear and justify for the actions, and vacation out of Country for the investigators.

  3. Its a matter of keeping the investigation of the incident as independent as possible.

    Given Cayman’s unique situation, with a large Jamaican worker population and an even larger integrated population…and the RCIP officers involved quite likely being Jamaican also…the rumour mill and conspiracy theorists will be having a field day with this.

    There is an independent commission in Great Britain that investigates all police shootings and killings; Cayman does not yet have such an investigative body and police shootings are almost unheard of in Cayman.

    For the sake of the police officers involved and the reputation of the country, its better that this investigation be conducted by authorities outside of Cayman.