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USVI man suspected of killing 36-year-old arrested

Elwood Canton Jr, 62, was arrested on Sunday July 2, 2017, after an investigation led officers to an area where he fled to. Photo: VIC
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CHRISTIANSTED, St Croix, USVI — Police have arrested a 62-year-old man suspected to have shot to death, 36-year-old Gregory Barnes at around the seven o’clock hour near the Watergut shanty on Saturday night, July 1, 2017 [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), Public Information Officer Glen Dratte announced Sunday morning. The arrest came just over 8 hours following shooting.

Elwood Canton Jr was arrested at 3:41 A.M. on Sunday, after an investigation led officers to an area where he fled to. Upon their arrival to the location, officers made contact with and arrested Mr Canton, who was found hiding under a vehicle. He has been charged with second-degree murder, although firearm charges may be added following his advise-of-rights hearing, as police say Mr Canton was not a lawful firearm owner.

According to Mr Dratte, citing information from a police investigation, Mr Canton and Mr Barnes got into a minor dispute, however Mr Barnes became confrontational and aggressive towards Mr Canton. The shooting suspect then attempted to leave the area, but Mr Barnes continued his aggression and ultimately shoved forcefully Mr Canton in the chest. Mr Canton then pulled out a gun and shot Mr Barnes multiple times, according to the police investigation.

Unable to make bail of $500,000, Mr Canton was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Center pending his advise-of-rights hearing.

10 Responses to “USVI man suspected of killing 36-year-old arrested”

  • 911 (04/07/2017, 19:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go figure.
  • LOL (04/07/2017, 22:04) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    What the hell wrong with gramps.
    • T (05/07/2017, 08:57) Like (45) Dislike (1) Reply
      The shooting suspect then attempted to leave the area, but Mr Barnes continued his aggression and ultimately shoved forcefully Mr Canton in the chest. Mr Canton then pulled out a gun and shot Mr Barnes multiple times, according to the police investigation.

      I'm guessing Gramps snapped... sounds to me like Barnes should have let Gramps leave. no?
      • CantonJr. (05/07/2017, 11:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Sounds to me that Gramps would walk free on a defence of self-defence. Bullies does get cool. Barnes got cooled. Sleep in peace.
  • 2 grand (05/07/2017, 06:13) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    my my look where u going to retire a senior's home better than a cold cell with bars. gramps u messed up BIG TIME.
  • dude (05/07/2017, 11:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    sounds like self defense to me
    • Cutera (05/07/2017, 16:10) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Even though it appeared to be self defence, pops will still be charged and sent to prison since it was an unlicensed firearm.
  • K gittens (06/07/2017, 12:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Learn to respect your elders woods never look problems hardly even speak to anyone always quite woods is old school when you treathen a elder life and but your hands on him what you get you teck woods should be set a free man its the same thing senator Bryan did his son pell he was being bullied by his and gun him down if senator Bryan is free so shall woods be set free.you little bunks respect your elders if you was not rise to respect your elders the grave yard has alot of room for all you young bunks that believed your gangster word of advice to the rest of all of you peace out good luck woods God is on your side don't worry about nothing just be truthful and the great lord will set you free

  • Myopic (07/07/2017, 09:08) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Justifiable homicide


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