Police hunt ‘person of interest’ after murder

  • Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley (File photograph)

    Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley (File photograph)

Police are hunting a “a person of interest” after a fatal shooting last weekend.

Stephen Corbishley, the Commissioner of Police, also said the public could expect to see a stepped up police presence — including armed officers — on the streets.

Mr Corbishley was speaking on Monday, a day after police announced that a 31-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the murder of Ronniko Burchall.

Mr Burchall, 30, was shot as he stood outside St David’s County Cricket Club in the early hours of Saturday morning and died in hospital the next day.

Mr Corbishley said the other man police wanted to interview knew he was being sought by police, as did his family and friends.

He added: “I urge him to turn himself in — to come to us and answer questions.”

Mr Corbishley said that police wanted to ensure the man’s safety.

He added that there had been an “increase in gang tensions” over the past few days.

Mr Corbishley said that police would be taking “robust measures” to ensure public safety.

He promised that the people responsible for Mr Burchall’s murder would be brought to justice.

He said: “I won’t tolerate this violence.”

Mr Corbishley added that police were also examining the “deep-rooted causes” that led to gun violence, alongside government representatives and Pastor Leroy Bean, the gang violence reduction co-ordinator.

He added policing was “sometimes like an iceberg”.

Mr Corbishley explained: “People will only see what’s visible on the top.”

But he added: “The reassurance that I put across is that the activity that’s taken place through intelligence, and other resources, is considerable.

“Every single officer and every single member of staff is attending to the issues that we currently face.”

Mr Corbishley highlighted the reintroduction of parish constables and a restructure of specialist teams across the island in 2019.

He added: “We’re changing the service to be more visible and we’re changing the service to be more responsive to the community.”

Mr Corbishley said that the latest murder showed that guns were still on Bermuda’s streets, despite the seizure of three weapons this month.

He added that the number of guns was “very few” but it would be “guesswork” to put a specific figure on the amount of illegal firearms.

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Published Jan 2, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 2, 2019 at 8:02 am)

Police hunt ‘person of interest’ after murder

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