Investigation launched into shooting death of soldier at District A
The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) has launched an investigation into the shooting death of a soldier.
The incident occurred today (April 6) on the compound of the District “A” Police Station around 5.35 pm and the deceased has been identified as Lance Corporal Pablo Kinch.
Preliminary investigations indicate that Kinch and three colleagues from the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) had just returned from a joint patrol with police officers and were awaiting transportation back to their base when the incident occurred.
Lance Corporal Kinch, Lance Corporal Grandison, Private Gill and Private Brathwaite were at the base of the Police’s Tactical Response Unit at District “A” Station when a weapon was discharged.
Lance Corporal Kinch, who is attached to the army’s Paragon base, was shot in the right sternum and died as a result of his injuries despite efforts by Police Constables Farley and Manning to resuscitate him, both of whom are emergency medical technicians.
Assistant Superintendent of Police David Wiltshire of the Criminal Investigations Division has been assigned to investigate the matter.
A joint statement from the RBPF and BDF said:
“We wish to publicly express our sorrow at this most unfortunate incident and to extend sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Lance Corporal Kinch.
Our country has lost a brave defender of law and order, who performed his duties on joint patrols with the police over the past year with vigour and enthusiasm. He will be missed.”