Police Shoot Another Mentally-ill

Another police shooting of a civilian has claimed the life of a mentally-disturbed man.

Jerry Paul – the latest mentally challenged person to be shot by the police

Jerry Paul – the latest mentally challenged person to be shot by the police

A brief statement from the Community Relations Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) said that the lawmen are investigating a police-involved shooting which resulted in the death of Jerry Paul of Mt. Parnassus, St. George’s.

45-year old Paul was shot on Sunday sometime after 2:20 p.m. in the vicinity of Alpha Junior School in Mt. Parnassus.

The deceased was shot in the area of the stomach by a single bullet while allegedly brandishing a cutlass.

It is uncertain whether or not the police were called out for Paul or were just passing through the area.

THE NEW TODAY was told that neighbours heard the gun shot and upon rushing out saw Paul, a regular patient at the Mt. Gay Mental Hospital, falling over a wall.

There are reports that Paul who leaves to mourn two daughters, is not known to be a troublemaker in the small village.

The police force has been under fire in recent weeks for the amount of persons shot by the lawmen.

In 2012, RGPF reported that it had a cadre of Police Officers who can be called upon to manage situations involving mentally challenged people should the need arises.

The police force claimed that 25 Police Officers had completed a training workshop, which was organised by the Mental Health Department of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation.

Over the last month, four persons have been shot by members of the force – two of them fatal.
On October 4, Daniel “Ching” Gilbert of Mt. Craven, described as being mentally-challenged was shot to death by Police Officers from the Sauteurs Police Station.

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