Cops shoot dog as armed suspect arrested

| 03/11/2016 | 51 Comments

(CNS): Armed police shot and killed what they described as “a large ferocious bulldog” which was set upon them by a suspect they believed was armed with a gun. A release from the RCIPS said that the incident occurred during one of several targeted operations Wednesday in relation to recent gang crime, in which five people, including the dog owner, were arrested. The death of the dog happened just before 11:30pm in Prospect, George Town, when the armed officers were confronted by “a belligerent man, who appeared to be in possession of a handgun”, the police stated.

The suspect was said to have released the bulldog at the officers, who believed they were under threat and fired a single shot, fatally wounding the animal. They arrested the resistant suspect and seized what was said to be an imitation weapon. During the same late night raid police arrested a 17-year-old boy from George Town on suspicion of possession of an imitation firearm with intent, resisting arrest, and possession of ganja, and a 24-year-old George Town man on drug offences.

A 22-year-old George Town woman was also arrested at the same Prospect location on suspicion of assaulting police with respect to the same raid, but also on suspicion of assault and possession of an unlicensed firearm in connection with an incident on 30 October.

The woman, who has since been bailed, is suspected of being involved in a gang-related attack on a man who was beaten and threatened with a gun by Public Beach. Another suspect in that same crime was arrested earlier yesterday in another operation. The 25-year-old George Town man was arrested for the assault at Public Beach and for breach of court bail regarding another case, but police said he was again released on bail.

Following the gang attack on Wednesday night on Birch Tree Hill Road in West Bay, where a man was severely beaten by six other men, police conducted another operation in the district on Tuesday evening, in which a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being involved in that assault and he remains in custody.

On his last day as the acting police commissioner, Anthony Ennis said that he and his fellow deputy police commissioner, Kurt Walton, who is leading the gang clampdown, were very proud of the “can-do attitude of the officers and the extraordinary courage, judgement and professionalism with which they have conducted themselves during these ongoing operations”.

Ennis, who will be back in his deputy job Friday after the arrival of the new police commissioner, Derek Byrne, on Thursday night, added, “The discharge of a firearm in any circumstances requires professionalism and judgement under stressful conditions. The way officers handled this incident is a demonstration of both. I continue to urge the public that if they see anything unusual to report it to the police.

“They can do so in confidence by contacting any member of the RCIPS that they are confident in speaking with, or CrimeStoppers.  We cannot and should not let a band of criminals compromise the safety and tranquillity of our islands.”

The police management team said that Wednesday’s raids were targeted operations carried out by a multi-discipline taskforce, including the firearm tactical response team, all designed to tackle the recent rise in gang-related activities.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well done RCIPS. However we the public demand some action be taken to apprehend the horse rapists. We will not let that one go easily and we will not forget

  2. Anonymous says:

    We created these so called thugs. Our lack of interest in our children, broken education system and selfish wicked money driven people created these thugs.. Now we must pay the price, this is only the very beginning, the leaders in this country are so out of touch its not funny.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is rediculous!!!! IF only the public new what really transpired that day and the events that REALLY happened. This is another situation where police are taking advantage of civilians and taking out their frustration of not being able to solve CERTAIN crimes on us….. Then we get the police to investigate the police to see if there was any wrong doing on their part!?!?!?!

    As usual… everything is swept under the rug.

    CNS interviewed the police to gwt this story right?

    How about doing some real journalism? Some real reporting?
    How about interviewing the VICTIMS in this situation?

    RIP Pablo
    Rest easy in doggy heaven

  4. Wow says:

    Thank God Baines is gone. Seems like we have a much better Police Service without him

    • Anonymous says:

      Apparently not looking at the morale and number of officers (experienced officers) leaving.

  5. Anon says:

    I live just up the road from where this happened and this is just SAD. This dog was not ferocious AT ALL – he simply barked and ran up to the officers like ANY dog would when strangers come with negative energy to their yard.

    Killing this animal was completely unnecessary and it’s pretty disappointing people jump so quickly to conclusions.

    • Anonymous says:

      I will say this. I have dogs and love dogs. They live in my house. If a dog runs up to me barking, I am scared. If I am armed, well I would probably shoot. If one of my dogs ever ‘simply’ ran at someone barking I would feel very very sad if something happened to my dog. I would also feel responsible.

    • Anonymous says:

      You find it is justifiable for a dog just run up to a stranger because he or she has a negative energy?

    • Anonymous says:

      “negative energy”? Are you nuts? So police officers doing what WE pay them to do (nabbing criminals) is somehow not a positive activity …., my goodness, what a confused world the writer lives in.

    • Anonymous says:

      You would suck at being a police officer. How long do you think you would last?

  6. spaded says:

    if the dog was attacking the officers i agree he should be put down. I am going to assume that the officers will not get into trouble for doing so. so why is it that an officer will get into trouble if they put down a man/ armed with intent to hurt them or others. things that make you go hmm!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Dey aint nuttin matter wit treetin ma dog da whey I want. If I cant hit ma dawg, din ma wife will ave to tak da beatin.

  8. Anonymous says:

    When a dog is running wild and bites someone what is done with it? More likely then not it is destroyed, killed, put down. Look at the poor dog in this situation. Only doing what it’s owner probably trained it do. No fault of its own. People on the other hand are supposed to know right from wrong, good from bad. When they make a conscious decision to do the things they do , punish them. XXXX

  9. Donnie says:

    My sincere commendations and thanks to DCoP’s Ennis and Walton for their exemplary leadership and to the officers of RCIPS for their exceptional performance over the past 6mos. The results were most noticeable; well done.
    I trust that CoP Byrne will take the time early on to identify what changed within the RCIPS over that period and will use his good office to support and empower those changes. It would make his job much easier and more fulfilling.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Acting Commissioner Ennis should be exceedingly proud of his leadership of RCIPS during he last few months. I just a short while he was able to jump on violent crime in a manner that hasn’t been seen since the days of Derek Haines, Mac Bodden, Kenrick Hall, Dennis Brady, et al. RCIPS must be commended.

    Hopefully the new Commissioner will continue the crime-fighting trend that Actg. Commissioner has started. Hope there will be no more excuses such as Commissioner Baines presented for his entire term and hope Madam Governor will see and acknowledge the difference made in just those few months and acknowledge that Baines was a total failure.

    Hope the public will hold new Commissioner Byrne accountable and that Her Excellency or Mr. Premier will not consider it political but justified due to the crucial public safety impact.

    Thank you Mr. Ennis, your senior team and RCIPS officers.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ennis is amazing….hope the new Commish recognizes Anthony’s incredible achievements, supports his future efforts and does not fall into the cronyism and selective prosecution of previous commissioners.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Nice work RCIPS …. More patrols and operations in the Prospect ‘Park’ area is greatly needed.. its become a breeding ground for many unsavory characters. Again, your diligence appreciated!!

  12. George Nowak says:

    Just another day in paradise

  13. Anonymous says:

    Was it a foreign dog or a Caymanian one?

  14. Keep up the good work RCIPS

  15. Allar says:

    Well done RCIPS, I am very happy to see the stance taken. These senseless idiots need to be stopped all they are doing is causing problems in a good society. Well done and keep up the good works

  16. Anonymous says:

    Rip bulldog.

  17. Anonymous says:

    It would be a shame if no comment or recognition was made about the remarkable difference in the RCIPS under Acting Commissioner Ennis. He and his officers are to be commended. They made an amazingly successful in road against crime in Cayman following Baines’ departure.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I’m interested in hearing more about this “large, ferocious Bulldog”.

    • Anonymous says:

      They probably meant Pit-bull and their failure to understand the difference between a Bulldog and a Pit-bull must explain why, despite the fact they are a prohibited breed, they are everywhere and no-one is ever prosecuted, even for unlawfully breeding them.

  19. Pcder says:

    I cant believe this

  20. Anonymous says:

    Caymankind more like the Bronx. Just wait until the fat yank cruise press get hold of this.
    This country needs to get a grip stingray city is dieing due to overcrowding GT can’t cope with two ships in the port.
    This and future gov really need to take action as Cayman is sinking and will soon be one big crime ridden Kingston.
    How ever much gov hate the RCIPS because it dosent turn a quick buck no police no tourist

    • anonymous says:

      pcder, why dont you reference Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, New York city, I could go on. Is it because of the glorious USA?

    • Anonymous says:

      Cayman is just like Cayman. If you looked hard enough you could maybe find someplace worst off but it doesn’t make Cayman a greater place because of it. Cayman has crime because it has criminals living here.

  21. Anonymous says:

    sad situation where a poor animal has been bred for aggression……
    caymanians know nothing of animal welfare…..
    thank god for the expats who are behind the humane society….

    • Anonymous says:

      They are only “behind the humane society” for PE points!

    • Woof! says:

      Let me just say, as a Caymanian, born here, I give/do a lot to for All animals and do care for their welfare. As it is with all parts of the earth, there are those who do not.

      Just to clarify, I give a damn about animal welfare and so do many Caymanians. One hat doesn’t fit everyone.

  22. Anonymous says:

    When are the people going to get behind the police to deal with these thugs? MLAs are useless.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thug culture = thug MLAs=thug parents=thug kids=thug island. When are the thugs going to get behind the police to deal with these thugs? Never.

      • Anonymous says:

        You forgot to add Pedofiles to you comment. Neither MLA nor your church has ever condemned sexual abuse of children in this country. Waiting for the international exposure.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Well done! Keep up the pressure, please men and women of the RCIP.

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