Two St. Croix police officers were found shot to death in the area of Hams Bluff Beach in north Frederiksted on Thursday afternoon.
Officer Lesha Lammy, 30, and Officer Kai Javois, 28, were found on the beach shot to death about 1 p.m. Neither officer wore a uniform at the time of the shooting, nor did they use a department vehicle, according to V.I. Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr.
“We know for a fact that one officer was supposed to report to duty last night(Wednesday 10th) and he didn’t show,” Commissioner Richards said. “What we’re looking at is that it happened within a 24-hour time period, based on folks who had seen him [Officer Kai Javois] prior.”
The bodies were discovered Wednesday afternoon on the sand by two individuals who came to the area to catch whelks, Mr. Richards said. He said V.I.P.D. detectives are speaking to several people, and will share more information once he’s able to combine the various moving parts of the story.
Earlier reports suggested that police were on the hunt for one of their own, but Mr. Richards said he would not deny or confirm said reports.
“I’m going back to the office to sit with everybody and see what they have, and then we move forward. And I also want to make sure that the next of kin is notified,” the commissioner said, opting not to reveal the identity of the deceased officers at that time.
He then expressed grief, which was already apparent on his face. Police vehicles lined the side of the small path, and officers could be seen talking among themselves, visibly disturbed by the occurrence.
“It’s a tragic day,” Mr. Richards said, describing one officer as “very good,” and the other as having served for multiple years with the V.I.P.D.
“We’re talking to several people to get as much information as we can — to determine whereabouts, where they were last seen and whom they were last seen with. Every time a name pops up, we’re going after that.”
Mr. Richards said the officers were found clothed.
Officer Lesha Lammy, 30, joined the police force on December 13, 2010 as a police recruit, and was promoted to the V.I.P.D. on June 26, 2013. Ms. Lammy, who was assigned to the Wilber Francis B Command on October 4, 2015, leaves behind three young children, according information provided by Government House.
Officer Kai Javoi, 28, joined the force as a police recruit on May 11, 2015. He was promoted to the V.I.P.D. on December 14, 2015, and was stationed at the Ancilmo Marshall C Command from June 26, 2016.
In an address to the nation regarding the killings VI Governor Kenneth Mapp shared with the media details regarding the incident, stating that other pertinent information was being held in confidence because an investigation is ongoing.
“We found no evidence that the officers were victims of any traditional terrorist activities as we know them in the nation,” Mr. Mapp said. “The officers were not targeted specifically because they were police officers… What we also believe the evidence has indicated thus far, is that the officers do not appear to be victims of a random act of violence, given the number of shootings and gang violence that are occurring in the territory.”
It is been widely speculated that the suspect in the slayings is another Police Officer and the killings might be related to a love triangle gone bad.