Police Sgt. Leon Dasent Powell, a 44-year-old Royal St. Christopher & Nevis Police Force sergeant was fatally shot in an apparent robbery.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Sergeant Leon Dasent Powell, a 44-year-old Royal St. Christopher & Nevis Police Force sergeant was fatally shot early this morning in an apparent robbery that went awry when armed masked men attempted to rob his bar in Newton Ground.

Sergeant Dasent Powell owns and operates a bar in Newton Ground. This morning at 1 a.m., police received a report of an armed robbery in Newton Ground at his bar.

Investigations so far have revealed that two armed, masked men entered the bar and demanded money. A struggle ensued between Dasent Powell and one of the armed men and one of them shot Sergeant Dasent Powell several times about the body. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Members of the Crime Scene Unit visited and processed the scene. Items of evidential value were taken into Police custody. Persons with information regarding this incident are urged to contact the Violent Crime Unit by dialing 467-1887 or 467-1888, 662-3462. Investigations into the matter are ongoing.

The Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, extends his heartfelt condolences, and those of the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis, to the family and loved ones of Sergeant Dasent Powell.

Prime Minister Harris also extends sincere condolences to the close-knit Newton Ground community, from which Sgt. Dasent Powell hailed, as well as the leadership and rank-and-file members of the Ministry of National Security, and in particular the Royal St. Christopher & Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF).

United in its grief, RSCNPF is dedicating its resources, attention and priority to investigating the circumstances that led to Sgt. Dasent Powell’s untimely death and bringing to justice the persons responsible.

Prime Minister Harris reaffirms his Government’s commitment to fully supporting the brave and steadfast security forces as they endeavour to defend the safety and security of our great country.

In his capacity as Minister of National Security, Prime Minister Harris encourages the people of St. Kitts and Nevis to provide any information that they deem useful or relevant in clarifying the circumstances around Sergeant Dasent Powell’s tragic death.

If you saw something or know something, please contact a member of the Police High Command or Crime Stoppers.