Updated 10:41 a.m., Sunday, 26 April 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)
Campden Park, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Persons close to Gleason Lewis, the man who opened fire on Police Sergeant Philbert Chambers and killed him on Sunday (April 26), say that he was making threats about killing police since Friday.
One person who wishes to remain anonymous told One News SVG that Lewis “was acting crazy and making rants about killing police if they came for him”.
Lewis was also acting hostile towards his family members, including his mother “who had to run out of the house” to a neighboring property after being chased by Lewis with a cutlass, another person very close to Lewis said.
One News SVG also understands that Police had made an appearance over the weekend at the property where Lewis lived but had difficulties apprehending him. He had been a person of interest to police.
Police went today (Sunday April 26) to apprehend him and in the process, Sergeant Chambers was shot and killed by Lewis.
In the incident on Sunday, Lewis was shot and killed by other law enforcement officials who went to apprehend him.
Philbert Chambers, who Lewis killed was a beloved police officer in the South Leeward area, and spent years at the Questelles Police Station.
A few years ago, Chambers was shot at Questelles beach in an incident while on duty but he had survived.
Chambers was coordinator of the Questelles Police Youth Club.
He is the only police officer to have been killed while on duty this year.