An investigation was opened after a 26-year-old man was killed by a police officer on Thursday. The member of the police shot him during his arrest in Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe, said the prosecutor of Pointe-à-Pitre. Wanted for theft, receiving stolen goods, aggravated extortion and forcible confinement, he was hit by at least one shot by a police officer. A police officer was also "slightly injured" during this intervention, carried out by personnel of the Raid and the judicial police of Guadeloupe.
The facts occurred "while he was trying, despite the summons made to him, to flee at the wheel of a vehicle by endangering several police officers," says a statement from Patrick Desjardins, prosecutor of the Republic of Pointe-à-Pitre.
An IGPN investigation underway
An investigation for "intentional violence resulting in death without intent to give it" was entrusted to the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN). "It will aim to determine with precision the circumstances of the death" during this intervention, according to the same source. These events come in a context of increased violence and arms trafficking in the archipelago.
"It is our Guadeloupean youth who kill each other before our eyes, certainly often around trafficking, but sometimes for much more trivial reasons such as the theft of a gold chain or a scooter," lamented Thursday in a statement the local federation of the Socialist Party. She called for "collective awareness, general mobilization and resources finally up to the challenges".