A Penniston man who police shot in the leg after he attacked them with a cutlass Thursday evening bled to death at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH).
Acting Commissioner of Police, Colin John told iWitness News that Stilson Harold’s unruly behavior that resulted in police shooting him, continued in hospital, preventing medical personnel from treating him for his injuries.
Harold was shot by police who responded to a report that he had stabbed his son.
John said that Harold’s son, Stilson Harold Jr., went to the Vermont Police Station — located at Penniston — with a bandage to his neck and told officers that his father was behaving violently and had stabbed him in the neck with a piece of steel.
Police responded and met the father behaving in a violent manner and threatening them with a cutlass.
They summoned back up and when the additional officers arrived, the older Harold attacked them with the cutlass, the police chief said.
Police fired, shooting the man in the leg.
They rushed him to MCMH, where his violent behavior continued.
Reports are that the gunshot is believed to have ruptured an artery, causing Harold to bleed to death.
The older Harold, who is believed to be in his 60s, is from Clare Valley and is said to have had mental health issues in the past.
Harold is the second man to die in St. Vincent and the Grenadines after being shot by police this year.
On April 17, robbery suspect Raphael Chewitt, also known as “War Teacher”, died when police opened fire on him, after he reportedly brandished a gun at them.
Chewitt was a suspect in the March 15 robbery at Heritage Square that left two persons nursing bullet wounds.
The Glen resident was shot in the chest and arm by police who encountered him while on mobile patrol at Gibson Corner.
He was pronounced dead on arrival at the MCMH, located a mile away from Gibson Corner.