Shots fired at police vehicle in Aureo Diaz housing community


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ST. CROIX - Police are investigating a shooting incident late Sunday night that resulted in shots being fired at police as they responded to an emergency call.

V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said Monday that shots were fired in the Aureo Diaz housing community after officers were called to a report of shots being fired about 9:51 p.m. Sunday.

A police vehicle was damaged by gunfire, but no officers or others were injured.

As the officers drove into the area in their marked patrol vehicles, an unknown person or individuals opened fire on the police, Rames said.

According to the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency web blotter - a list of calls made to emergency 911 dispatchers, their initial classification and final disposition - the call initially was classified as "weapons firearm" and the final disposition was logged as a first-degree assault.

However, Rames said the incident is being classified by police as first-degree reckless endangerment. The web blotter shows another call to police just before midnight reporting more shots fired. That call is classified as "weapons firearm" with a disposition of police assistance.

Rames said anyone with information about the shooting or weapon possession in the community can call police at 911 or call the confidential tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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