St. Croix police apprehend man, confiscate gun after brief chase

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ST. CROIX - Blue police lights lit up the night sky Wednesday just before 9 p.m. as police gave chase to a man reportedly firing shots in the Harbor View housing community.

More than 10 marked and unmarked police units lined a dirt road just west of Five Corners intersection, where 26-year-old Avery Davis was ultimately apprehended and a firearm confiscated.

V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said Thursday officers were investigating a domestic disturbance in the Harbor View housing community when they heard two shots discharged from a firearm.

The officers notified 911 emergency dispatchers and proceeded to investigate the origin of the shots, Rames said. Residents in the area told police that a blue Ford Focus had just driven through the area at a high rate of speed and may have been involved.

Rames said police responded from various locations and were able to intercept the vehicle in the Little Princess area after a brief chase.

The suspect - now identified as Davis - fled the vehicle on foot but was apprehended by officers a short distance away.

Police were able to confiscate a firearm during the arrest and charged Davis with unauthorized possession of a firearm and related charges, Rames said.

Davis complained about injuries after being taken into custody and was taken to Luis Hospital, where he received treatment into the early morning hours Thursday and later was discharged into police custody.

Bail was set at $25,000 and he remains jailed pending his advice-of-rights hearing at 9 a.m. today in Magistrate Court.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email

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