PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — On Wednesday April 8th, 2015, at approximately 10.30 p.m. Detectives from the St. Maarten Police Force visited the L.C. Fleming Medical Center in Marigot, to gather information involving a 51-year old man who reported himself to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
The investigation done by the Gendarmes indicated that the shooting possibly occurred on the Dutch side of the island at which time the Detectives from the Dutch side also got involved in the investigation.
It is still unclear where the incident actually happened. The Forensic and the Detective Department of the St. Maarten Police Force started their investigation in the vicinity of Port de Plaisance, based on the information they have gathered. The French Forensic Department is also conducting their investigation on the French side of the island.
Both the victim and a 43-year old female witness will be interrogated by the Detective Department of the St. Maarten Police Force. The police are still looking for other witnesses who might have heard or seen anything in relation to this possible shooting. The incident probably took place between Well Road in Cole Bay and Port de Plaisance on April 8th, 2015 before 10.30 p.m.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please come forward and report this to the Detective Department of the St. Maarten Police Force. You can also call our (anonymous) tip line on #9300.
WHEN TO CALL 911? SOME TIPS.
In addition and in order to make the communication between the community of St. Maarten and the 911 Emergency Dispatch as pleasant and effective as possible, the following tips are provided to the community when and if an emergency call is placed:
When to call 911:
An emergency is a situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance. This emergency can include:
– A fire
– A crime, especially in progress
– A car crash, especially if someone is injured
– A medical emergency, such as someone is unconscious, gasping for air on not breathing, or any other symptoms that require immediate medical attention.
IMPORTANT: If you are not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, it is recommended to still call 911 and let the call-taker decide whether you need emergency help.
When you call 911, be prepared to answer the call-taker’s questions, which may include:
– The location of the emergency, including the street address.
– The phone number you are calling from.
– The nature of the emergency.
Details about the emergency, such as physical description of a person who may have committed a crime, a description of any fire that may be burning, or a description of injuries or symptoms being experienced by a person.
Remember, the call-taker’s questions are important to get the right kind of help to you quickly. Be prepared to follow all instructions the call-takers gives you. Follow the step by step.
DO NOT hang up the phone until the call-taker instructs you to. If you dial 911 by mistake when no emergency exists, do not hang up either. Instead simply explain the call-taker what happened.