POLICE SHOOTING LEADS TO CALLS FOR NON LETHAL WEAPONS TRAINING FOR OFFICERS

A L’Anse Road resident reportedly with a history of mental illness was shot by police Monday morning.
The shooting victim has been identified as Mervin Beharry better known as “LOUAH”.
According to reports, police responded to a call from a preschool in the area claiming that Beharry was brandishing what appeared to be a firearm.
Beharry was reportedly asked to drop the suspected weapon by the responding officers who then discharged at least three rounds, hitting him in the left shoulder.
The shooting incident occurred around 10am Monday and led to an entire section of L’anse Road being closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Emergency personnel from the Fire Department took a while to respond. In the end it was the St. Lucia Red Cross ambulance which showed up at the scene with three first responders on board.
The victim’s brother says law enforcement officials do not know how to properly deal with mentally challenged people and should have used non -lethal means to subdue the victim.
Beharry says despite his brother’s condition, he knows right from wrong.
Law enforcement officials did not comment on the matter.
It is unclear how many times Mervin Beharry was shot, but he is said to be in a stable condition at the Victoria Hospital.

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