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Man Dies In Police Custody

Police have launched an investigation into the death of a male, who was in police custody at the Central Detective Unit (CDU).

The Journal understands the victim was found dead in a cell while at CDU on Friday.

While officers have not released any information surrounding the circumstances, which might have led to the man’s death, he has been identified as 22-year-old Tyrone Saunders.

The reason he was being held in custody by police however is not known.

Coroner Linda Virgil visited CDU on Friday, where she observed the body of the deceased.

EMS personnel were immediately contacted and took the victim’s body to hospital.

A meeting was also held with the decease’s mother.

Meantime detectives’ continuing their probe into the country’s 66th homicide, after the body of a male was discovered through a tract road in Southern New Providence.

Police Press Liaison Officer Inspector Chrislyn Skippings said officers were called to the Jasmine Gardens area around 8:20 a.m. Friday, where they found the lifeless body of a male through a tract road that leads from Jasmine Gardens to South Beach Drive.

The victim was discovered with injuries to the upper body.

He is believed to be in his late 20s and was found wearing a white t-shirt and long blue jeans.

Inspector Skippings said the victim stands around 5ft, 11 inches tall, of slim built and dark complexion.

While that was all the information police would reveal, a few residents told the Journal that the incident happened around 9:30 Thursday.

That is when one resident said he heard four gunshots and saw a black car leaving the area.

While on the scene, officers were seen speaking with residents of the area and Inspector Skippings said she was confident that they would assist the police with the investigations.

“The public has responded and they have been doing a tremendous job. That is why you always hear us make the appeal, because when we do it the public responds. We are grateful. Most of the time based on the information that we get from the public, they assist in resolving a lot of our matters,” she said

The incident has pushed the homicide count to 66, eight more than what was recorded this same time last year.

Officials say the increasing murder toll is taking its toll on the city morgue.

“Just like how we have a challenge with availability for inpatient beds, the morgue has that challenge as well,” said Chief Hospital Administrator Coralie Adderley.

“There are times when we are very stretched and you would appreciate that the space even to receive families and relatives is very small and so that is an area that we probably will be looking to the minister and others, in the coming year or so to address.”

Written by Jones Bahamas

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