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Jun 6, 2018

Cops, Parents of Accused Minor Spar over Found Gun

Roy Pitter

Was thirteen-year-old Elwin Pitter armed with a handgun as police say he was when they fired at him on Saturday evening?  Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that the teenager was found in possession of a point thirty-eight revolver, confirming the account given to the media on Monday by investigators.  In fact, the police department provided a picture of the weapon, the knapsack and five live rounds of ammunition reportedly retrieved from the scene of the shooting on Raccoon Street.  News Five spoke individually with the grandmother and father on Monday and they both refuted claims that a firearm was indeed found on Pitters.  They both contend that what the youth was carrying in the book bag was a music box.


Voice of: Sharlene Lobo, Grandmother of Shooting Victim

“But I had to tell the police dehn mein fu mek dehn noh try kill my grandson right in front ah me.  If my door mi lock boss, my baby mi wahn dead right down ya, ih mi wahn dead right in front ah me when I mi di try open di door fi he because dehn police, dehn GSU, I noh know, I noh know, but dehn seh dehn di do dehn job, as weh di inspector seh dehn di do dehn job because di bwai thing afta dehn, show dehn di gun and wahn shoot afta dehn, but I noh sih how wahn music box could… you know.”


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police

“On the day in question, police received a tip that the child was carrying a firearm.  The police responded, they saw the young man, he was approached and he was ordered by the police to stop.  He tried to elude the police, he took out a gun, he pointed at the police and the police fired shots.  From what we know, there is no evidence to suggest that the police officers pointed any gun, sorry, planted any gun on that young man.  If a matter of fact, after he was shot or even during the time when he was shot, his grandmother was there and she was the first on the scene and she saw the gun and when she went to where he was and she saw the gun, she asked him, “What are you doing with that?”  Because she saw the gun.  So for anyone to make any allegation without any basis to suggest that the police officer had planted that gun on the young man is totally wrong and should not be tolerated.  And as sensible people of the media, I would ask that you go and make checks with the grandmother which I am sure she would be honest enough to tell you that the police did not plant any gun on her grandson.”


Roy Pitter, Father of Shooting Victim

“Noh assume.  The word that they used to me at my gate, don’t assume nothing, because I asked them certain questions.  Why da noh di forensic officer move di gun and ih bag affa di site?  Da noh dehn fi mi move dat, if dehn seh di young man have wahn gun, di forensic officer.  That’s why we have forensic officers.  So I got some questions weh I woulda like ask Mr. Chester these things because there is something fishy behind it.”


Charges against Elwin Pitter are still pending.

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1 Response for “Cops, Parents of Accused Minor Spar over Found Gun”

  1. Marie says:

    Not necessarily, police could remove the weapon, so no one else would take it. Forensic evidence can always show if it was recently shot and fingerprint.

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