A man who was shot by a V.I. Police Department officer on St. John after he allegedly pointed a rifle at police was reported in stable condition at the Schneider Regional Medical Center, the VIPD reported.
In a statement Saturday police reported the following sequence of events:
The incident occurred at approximately 8:44 a.m., Friday, in Estate Pastory on St. John.
A female victim traveled to the Leander Jurgen Command police station in Cruz Bay to report that she had been assaulted. The victim, who was not identified by police in accordance with department policy, reported that she had been in the Estate Pastory area and was threatened and assaulted by the suspect. The victim sustained injuries to the back of her head and hand as a result of rocks being tossed at her by the suspect, police said.
The victim was transported by officers to the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center for treatment of her injuries.
While transporting the victim to the health center, officers observed the suspect, identified as Alex Louis Camsel, age 46 of Estate Pastory, walking on Centerline Road with a rifle. Additional officers responded and located Camsel with the firearm. Officers approached Camsel, who pointed the rifle at officers as they attempted to engage him.
The officers took evasive action, and an officer discharged a single round, striking Camsel.
The officers immediately applied first aid, and Camsel was transported to the Keating Smith Community Health Center, then subsequently to the Schneider Regional Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery. He was listed in stable condition as of Saturday morning.
Camsel will be charged with first-degree assault, third-degree assault, and damage to a vehicle.
The investigation into this incident continues. Police urge anyone with information about the incident to contact police by calling 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211, extensions 5207 or 5640, or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1800-222-8477 (1-800-222-TIPS).