Few details were available about a shooting that reportedly occurred on the East End of St. Thomas during a sting operation by the Narcotics Strike Force on Tuesday morning.
Wayne Chinnery, drug policy adviser to the governor, has been tight-lipped on the incident. Chinnery oversees the day to day operations of the NSF.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a police source confirmed that a 22-year-old man was shot during the operation at the Dominica Building at the Sapphire Village condominium complex. The suspect was identified as Calito Gooden. He was charged with robbery and possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs.
The source said Gooden was attempting to rob and sell drugs to an undercover agent when gunfire erupted. Initial reports Tuesday morning said the suspect pointed a gun at the drug agent.
The suspect, grazed in the head by a bullet, reportedly attempted to escape by running down a roadway that leads to the marina but he was arrested by other NSF agents.
Chinnery said late Tuesday afternoon he would issue a statement on the incident once he has compiled all the information as to what transpired Tuesday morning at Sapphire Village.