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POLICE REPORT NO LEADS IN SHOOTING DEATH

April 2, 2002 – Police responding to reports of gunfire around 1:50 a.m. Sunday found the body of a shooting victim face down at the intersection of Hill and Market streets in Christiansted. The victim, later identified as Delroy Henry, 39, had five gunshot wounds to the back and head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lt. Gregory Bennerson, commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, said Tuesday that police have not determined a motive for the killing. "No suspects have been apprehended," he said. Bennerson also said there is "no known association" between Henry's killing and "the police shooting that took place Sunday evening" near the Henneman Ice Plant in Estate Richmond.
Bennerson described the Estate Richmond shooting as the ambush of a police officer and said authorities hope to apprehend a suspect shortly. "He is doing fine," Bennerson said of the officer, who he said was treated at Juan F. Luis Hospital for eye injuries after being hit with flying glass. The officer, whose name has not been released, was placed on administrative leave, he added.
The officer was hurt as he dived for cover when his vehicle was riddled with gunfire as he was attempting to apprehend a suspect for questioning about an earlier shooting incident, police said. The officer had responded to a report of shots being fired in the Ralph de Chabert Housing Community around 8:49 p.m. Sunday. He described the assailants, who escaped on foot, as wearing black clothing and hoods.
Officials on Tuesday asked that anyone with information about either case contact the Police Department at 778-2211 or 911.
Henry's death was the fourth homicide on St. Croix this year, and the 10th territorywide.

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