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Thursday, July 7, 2022


The identity of the man who was shot and killed by police Thursday night in a confrontation with three burglars in Frenchman's Bay has still not been released, but police have arrested a suspect in the incident.
The V.I. Police department has been unable, as of late Monday afternoon, to locate the dead man's adoptive mother who is reportedly residing somewhere on the U.S. mainland and will not release the name of the dead man until they can notify her.
According to Police Chief Jose Garcia, the unidentified man was still living with his adoptive mother up until she left the island. Garcia could not say exactly when that was. Nor could he give the name of the woman who is being sought.
In the meantime Phillip Touissant, 24, of Est. Bovoni was arrested Friday and charged with first degree burglary and possession of a dangerous weapon. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
The police are still looking for a third suspect in the incident.
Around 9 p.m. last Thursday a burglary in progress was reported by a Frenchman's Bay resident When police arrived, a pair of burglars had already broken through a glass door and were rummaging through the building. The suspects exchanged gunfire with police as they fled the building a short time later before hiding in nearby bushes. A K-9 unit searched the bushes and discovered one of the suspects bleeding from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim died on the way to the hospital, according to police.
Anyone with information on the victim or the incident is asked to contact police at 774-4050 or 774-2233.

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