January 24, 2014

Investigations continue into fatal police shooting at Greiggs

Police are continuing investigations into the shooting death of a mentally ill man of Greiggs.{{more}}

On January 16, Alex Matthews, 33, was shot and killed by a police officer after he intruded into his home.

Commissioner of Police, Michael Charles told SEARCHLIGHT that the man, who had a history of mental illness, entered the house at about 4:40 p.m., where the police officer and his common-law-wife were at the time.

The woman was in the kitchen at the time when the cutlass wielding man entered the house, Charles said.

The police officer who was in the bedroom at the time, heard his girlfriend screaming and rushed to the kitchen.

The officer reportedly told Matthews he was a police officer and asked him to put down the cutlass.

After this failed, the officer is said to have fired a warning shot. It was then that Matthews is said to have attempted to attack the officer and was shot.

SEARCHLIGHT was also informed that the assailant, after receiving the gunshot wound, ran from the house and collapsed in a nearby flower garden where he succumbed to his injury.

He died with the cutlass still in the palm of his right hand.