26th June, 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSSFM) – Two years on, the shooting that led to the untimely death of Dominica-born police constable Brian Pacquette, is still causing his family great pain.
Pacquette’s mother, Faith Taurance, and other family members in Dominica are still pleading to the government of St. Kitts and Nevis, and the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force for compensation and justice.
In an impassioned social media post, Ms. Taurance shared the details of her son’s stint with the police and the days leading up to his death.
She wrote, “On this day, 23rd of June 2016, 2 years now, my dear son, Brian J. Pacquette, who was a police officer in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force for 10 years (was) shot on duty. He did not die on duty. He was shot in his right thigh on that day. He suffer a lot and also, he fight to hold on for his life. He fight for 3 weeks to keep up. He was a fighter and try to hold on as long as he could, but he went to sleep on the 18th of July 2016.”
She disclosed that since her son’s passing, the family is yet to receive word on the status of his case and added that the family deserves answers.
“All I need to know is my son due to any compensation for his 10 years of service to the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force? Can anyone tell me? I, the mother of Brian J. Pacquette, sisters and brother would like to know. It’s time and it is almost 2 years now since he passed away and no answers from no one. Can anyone help me? We need answers and still waiting to know what really happen to him and also his belongings. Please help us anyone out there. And most of all you guys, his friends know him as Bri Pac or Brio, Plummer Pacquette. Please, I, the mother and his sisters, brother, ask for your help. Thank you.”
Constable Pacquette was shot in his right leg on June 23rd on 2016 while he and a colleague constable carried out what should have been the routine apprehension of a suspect in .
Pacquette was flown to Trinidad for medical treatment however doctors were unable to save his leg which was then amputated. A few days after the operation Constable Pacquette died.
Meanwhile, in May this year, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force issued a wanted bulletin for former officer, 24-year-old Dijon Warner in connection with the shooting death of Constable Pacquette.
A native of Conaree, Warner is wanted to answer the charge of the manslaughter of Brian Pacquette.
Constable Pacquette, who was given a full military funeral in Dominica, is interred at the Roseau Public Cemetery.