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Grand Turk Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, February 08th, 2024 – Shortly after noon today, the Police Control Room received a call of gunshots being heard near the Parade Grounds, Grand Turk.

Police officers and medical staff were dispatched to the location and found the body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

The victim, who has yet to be formally identified, was a male, aged 24 years and was reportedly approached by potentially two offenders and shot.

Sadly, this incident occurred whilst a school sports day was underway. As a result, senior officers from the RTCIPF and representatives of the Ministry of Education convened an urgent meeting this afternoon to discuss priority actions to manage the consequences of this awful event.

The RTCIPF strongly condemns this latest shooting incident.

Such an act of brazen violence not only endangered the lives of innocent individuals but also disrupted the safety and security of the entire community.

The Serious Crime Unit is actively investigating the incident to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice, swiftly. We are collaborating closely with school officials and the Ministry of Education to ensure the safety and security of our communities.

Detectives are flying from Providenciales to Grand Turk to support local officers and the primary investigation.

Acting Commissioner of Police Mr Rodney Adams said: “Today’s despicable act is yet another example of criminals having no regard or remorse for anyone. The RTCIPF is resolute and won’t hesitate to confront those intent on causing harm in the TCI within the confines of the law. We won’t relent.

“To the students affected by this afternoon’s incident, their parents and teachers, rest assured the RTCIPF remains committed to maintaining law and order and ensuring your safety and that of all law-abiders.

“I encourage the public to share any information and evidence that could assist in bringing justice to this matter in the swiftest possible time”.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to share any videos and information with detectives at the Serious Crime Unit, South Dock Road, Providenciales, at 231-1842, 911, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and give any information anonymously

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Police shooting leaves 14-year-old boy dead; Father speaks out

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Wilkie Arthur

Freelance Court Correspondent

 

#TurksandCaicos, May 21, 2024 – The grieving father and community members in Dock Yard, long before official confirmation, informed Magnetic Media that the individual shot and killed by the police in Snake Hill, off Millennium Highway, Blue Hills, Providenciales, was “ToTo,” officially known as 14-year-old ANTORENS DORCELY.

Permission was granted by the father to disclose the child’s name as he is deceased.

After reports of the shooting and robbery on the night of Tuesday, May 14th, 2024, Medical professionals on the scene confirmed to Magnetic Media that a young male was fatally shot by the police.  While initially believed to be between 15 or 16 years old, further investigation revealed that 14-year-old Toto had not been seen or heard from since the night of the incident.

According to the first official press release from TCI Police; they were fired upon in a marked police vehicle and returned fire at a reported stolen car, resulting in the death of an individual.

Over the following days, police issued two additional statements regarding the fatal shooting.  One statement mentioned two separate robbery reports in the Blue Hills vicinity on the same night.

This reporter received a voice note from a woman claiming to have been robbed of her car and valuables by two gunmen around the same time the boy was killed by authorities.

Police mentioned in one of their statements that multiple individuals fled the scene that night, but they did not mention recovering a firearm.

Videos obtained by Magnetic Media showed a small orange car with bullet holes and shattered windows, while no damage was observed on any police vehicles.

The father, although acknowledging his son’s involvement in crime, expressed disbelief that his son would shoot at the police, tearfully stating that he didn’t believe the police had to kill his son.

Community members disclosed that Toto turned to crime to support himself and his younger brother after their mother’s death.  Residents expressed a desire for the surviving brother to be relocated to a better environment and offered support to ensure his well-being and education.

Toto and his surviving brother, said to be 11 years old were born in the Turks and Caicos, and their tragic circumstances raise questions about the use of lethal force.

Magnetic Media conducted an extensive investigation, including interviews with the deceased boy’s father and community members.  There were visits to the shooting scene at Snake Hill, and examination of the alleged stolen orange car, which is now impounded at the police compound.

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Male Charged with Robbery

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#TurksandCaicos, May 13, 2024 – Detectives of the Serious Crime Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have charged a man who allegedly stole a vehicle.

The accused, DANVANTE  BRISCO, 30,  of  Kew Town, Providenciales, was charged with:

  • One Count: Robbery
  • One Count: Taking Motor Vehicle Without Authority
  • One Count: Using Offensive Weapon to cause fear

Mr. BRISCO appeared in court today (May 13 ) and was granted bail of $7500.00 with one surety.

The matter was adjourned to July 05 for a Sufficiency Hearing.

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Dock Yard Male Charged  

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#TurksandCaicos, May 13, 2024 – A 20-year-old Dock Yard male appeared in court today (May 13th) charged with a series of firearm-related offences.

The accused, JAMES SIMON, was denied bail and remanded into custody pending a Sufficiency Hearing scheduled for July 05th, 2024.

Mr. SIMON faces the following charges: 

  • One Count: Robbery;
  • One Count: Gang Membership
  • One Count: Possession of a Firearm for the Benefit of a Gang
  • One Count: Possession of Ammunition for the Benefit of a Gang.

The charges against Mr. Simon followed investigations by officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force into a robbery at the parking lot of a Casino where three males robbed a victim.

Additionally, Mr. Simon is charged with the following offences, having been arrested on May 02nd, 2024, along South Dock Road.

  • One Count: Possession of a Firearm
  • One Count: Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count: Unlawful Entry

Officers also charged a teenage minor who was in the company of  Mr. Simon on May 02nd with One Count of UNLAWFUL ENTRY. 

The accused, seventeen and from Kew Town, Providenciales, pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on May 20th.

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