Police shoot suspect during daylight robbery of Castle Coakley business, second man flees


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ST. CROIX - Police shot and wounded a man they suspect of robbing Quality Food in Estate Castle Coakley on Saturday afternoon, but they said a second man also suspected in the robbery got away.

Emergency dispatchers were notified about the armed robbery just before 4 p.m. on Saturday.

A statement police released says that officers were on the scene within minutes and encountered the two men, suspects in the robbery, leaving the business. Quality Food is a wholesale food service distributor that also includes a retail store.

According to the police statement, one of the men "exchanged gunfire" with police as he came out of the business and that man was wounded. It does not indicate how many officers fired their weapons or who fired first.

The second man got away.

According to the statement, two adults and a child were inside the business when it was robbed, but were not injured.

Police did not disclose the amount of cash taken during the robbery.

The man who was shot was taken by ambulance to Luis Hospital, where he was treated for three injuries caused by gunfire and remains in stable condition, according to the release.

"The second suspect managed to escape. Police said they are following leads regarding the location of the suspect," the statement said.

This is the third officer-involved shooting for the V.I. Police Department in less than two months. The other two shootings were on St. Thomas.

On April 26 on St. Thomas, police shot Clyde Norford, 31, dead on the front steps of Fort Christian at 12:21 a.m. That shooting occurred just outside Carnival Village on opening night. Police have said they're investigating.

On May 30 on St. Thomas, police shot Azamba Galloway, 23, in Kirwan Terrace as they were conducting an "inspection" at the housing community. The officer who shot Galloway says Galloway pointed a gun at him. Galloway has been arrested. Residents raised questions about the police version of events that led to the shooting. Police say they are investigating.

- Contact Joy Blackburn at 714-9145 or email jblackburn@dailynews.vi .

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