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Cayman Islands Inspector wants witnesses in Danny Been killing; Independent Investigation launched

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – September 25, 2019 — Five days after the controversial shooting death of Danny Been Jr by a member of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police, the Cayman Islands Police team is in country and will lead the independent investigation.

Been Jr was said to be on his way home from work on Wednesday September 18 when he was stopped by police officer, David Wilson. It is alleged that Been Jr was in possession of an illegal firearm and allegedly resisted arrest.  The officer was reportedly forced to fire his service weapon in order to subdue the man, but Danny’s girlfriend and others hotly disputes that account.

Danny Been Jr, killed in police involved shooting September 18, 2019

The killing reportedly happened in Five Cays in the presence of Daniel Been Jr’s girlfriend, who claimed her man and the father of her son, was left bleeding on the ground for far too long.

The incident has spawned comments of outrage mainly against the police and those most outspoken on the matter have accused the TCI Police very strongly in the incident; labelling the shooting as “murder”.

The officer involved, David Wilson, was in 2017 listed as a member of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police.

Social media commentary has not been kind to David “Face Off” Wilson either.

David Wilson, TCI Police – CID officer

Late yesterday, Police Commissioner Trevor Botting made the announcement that the independent investigation will get to the bottom of the case. 

“We have a duty to ensure that the circumstances are properly investigated and as standard protocol in any officer-involved shooting with a force firearm, an independent investigation will take place,”  Commissioner Botting in the media statement added, “Being accountable and transparent are crucial as we build trust and confidence throughout the communities we serve and this independent investigation will provide just that in response to this incident.”

Inspector Malcolm Kay is the Caymanian Police officer leading the probe and in a media release today, the inspector spoke succinctly and directly.

“The incident occurred on Wednesday, 18 September, 2019, and we would welcome hearing from anyone who may be able to assist with our enquiries. If you have any information or would like to meet with us, we can be contacted at 232-1995.”

Inspector Kay is not alone; he is accompanied by a team of police officers from the Cayman Islands.

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EXCLUSIVE!  Police black CID Vehicle shot up by bandits in Five Cays

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Wilkie Arthur

Court Correspondent

 

#TurksandCaicos, May 15, 2024 – It was an uneasy night on Tuesday May 14 for some residents of Five Cays, Providenciales owing to continuous, serious fire power with gun shots blaring in various areas of the community.

Some say they heard shots in Granny Hill and reported a man walking around with a gun, randomly shooting at unidentifiable targets. Some say shots were heard behind the Enid Capron Primary School.  Some say they heard gun shot sounds coming from a residential area as well.

The most compelling accounts, however, were on reported events in another area called “The Wells”; a community in the depths of Five Cays and South Dock.

Criminals took on law enforcement in a gun battle involving the armored truck and a CID vehicle.

No members of the Royal TCI Police were hit.

Not the same for the other side.  One person was hit, a young man not known to police and it’s not clear if he was one of the men shooting at the police or an innocently caught in the crossfire.

The man was arrested as a possible suspect.  He is also in hospital with an “entrance and exit” gunshot wound.

During the shootout in The Wells, the CID vehicle was shot at repeatedly, disabling its movement as gunfire damaged the engine. Concerning to us, these shootings were at different times and locations but came in rapid succession; one right after the other, I was told.

Most described the sounds as coming “from some big guns.”

Police the morning after allowed me in to see up close.

Video, photos feature my EXCLUSIVE, close-up look at the damage done by criminals; it is clear high powered rifles were used by these suspects still at large.

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Charred Remains Found in Back Seat of Completely Burnt Vehicle

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Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent

 

#TurksandCaicos, May 21, 2024 – A gruesome discovery was made around midday today (Sunday, May 19th, 2024) when police and fire rescue teams responded to a call at a location on Blue Hills Back Road, off Millennium Highway. The area, situated next to the Fortis Sub-Station, is accessible via a long, secluded dirt road.

Upon arrival, authorities found a vehicle completely engulfed in flames. The vehicle was later removed by police after being alerted by an anonymous source to its burnt-out location. Local residents indicated that the fire had been ignited around 2-3 a.m. earlier that morning, but authorities were not notified until later in the day.

Residents could not provide details about the individual inside the vehicle or even discern its color due to the extensive damage caused by the fire. Videos of the discovery location are available, but footage of the vehicle itself will be provided once it has been located. The vehicle was reportedly still burning when police arrived at the scene.

Official Royal TCI Police Report:

Media Release – May 19th, 2024: Active Investigation Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) are currently on the scene of a vehicle fire in the Blue Hills, Providenciales area. Acting on received information, officers arrived at the location along North Side Close and discovered a burnt vehicle with what appeared to be a body inside.
The RTCIPF is conducting a thorough investigation to determine the circumstances of this incident. As this is an active investigation, more details will be provided to the public as they become available.

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NATIONAL SECURITY SECRETARIAT INFORMATION NOTE ISSUED MAY 17, 2024

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May 21, 2024 – The Turks and Caicos Islands have clear laws prohibiting the possession of firearms and or ammunition without a licence and strict penalties in order to serve and protect the community. Our Firearms Ordinance, which was amended in 2022, states that:

No person (other than a licensed gunsmith in the course of his trade) shall have in his possession, discharge or use any firearm or ammunition unless he is the holder of a firearm licence with respect to such firearm, or in case of ammunition he is the holder of a licence for a firearm which takes that ammunition.

Firearm and/or ammunition offences carry a mandatory minimum custodial sentence of twelve years plus a fine. Where a court finds there are exceptional circumstances, the sentencing judge has discretion, under the law, to impose a custodial sentence and a fine that are fair and just in the circumstances of each case rather than impose the mandatory minimum.

The Chief Justice is advancing sentencing guidelines in respect of the application of exceptional circumstances. Wider work is also ongoing with criminal justice partners to review the efficiency and effectiveness of case progression, in driving justice outcomes.

It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure their baggage is free of firearms and/or ammunition. Permission from an airline carrier does not constitute permission to bring firearms or ammunition into the Turks and Caicos Islands. Travellers are also strongly advised to search their luggage before they travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands to ensure they do not bring in forbidden items inadvertently. Such offences will result in arrest.

The Turks and Caicos Islands is a British Overseas Territory with a common law legal system, and reserves the right to enforce its laws. All persons, including visitors, must follow lawful process.

The Turks and Caicos Islands welcomes all visitors but reminds travellers that persons in the Turks and Caicos Islands do not have a constitutional right to carry firearms. Equally, the importation of firearms, ammunition (including stray bullets), and other weapons is strictly forbidden, unless licence to do so has been issued by the Commissioner of Police.

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