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Police fatally shoot man in hostage standoff

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | 3:05 PM    

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BASSTERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Police Commissioner C G Walwyn Tuesday confirmed that a man had been shot and killed during a standoff with law enforcement officials after holding his estranged wife and his sister hostage.

Walwyn said that a police officer was injured during the incident that lead to the death of Winston C Browne.

He said that members of the Special Services Unit (SSC), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and other law enforcement officers responded to a report that Browne had "picked up" his estranged wife and driven away with her.

The Commissioner said that a restraining order had been issued against him in November last year and that while searching the area found the vehicle abandoned.

He said that the lawmen later found Browne and his wife as well as the sister, whose names were not disclosed.

Browne, who was armed with a knife and an ice pick, shouted at the police officers to 'stay back' while holding the knife to his wife's throat, but was later persuaded to release “not before cutting her in the face area with the knife," the Commissioner said.

"At that point, according to our reports he took the family member hostage. 

He was again coaxed by the police into releasing the family member.  He told the Police to kill him.  He didn't want to live.  They need to kill him."

According to the Commissioner, Browne then released his sister and lunged at a police officer, stabbing him in the right, lower thigh area above the knee.

The Commissioner said as the police fell to the ground, Browne again lunged at him, forcing the officer to “discharged his service revolver in the direction of the assailant”.

Browne was declared dead at the scene, while the police officer and Browne’s wife were taken to hospital for treatment.

The Police Commissioner said that the man and his wife were married for 12 years.

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