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The body (right) of off-duty police officer Newton Lewis (left) at the scene of the shooting in Rose Hill, St. Peter.

UPDATE: Slain Barbados cop identified

Law enforcement officials have released the identity of the off-duty police officer who was gunned down on Saturday night, May 22, 2021 in Rose Hill, St. Peter, as well as details surrounding the incident.

The officer has been identified as Acting Station Sergeant Newton Lewis of Rose Hill, St. Peter. He was the personal driver of Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith.

Reports are that Lewis was attacked and killed when he responded to an attempted robbery in his neighbourhood.

Police Information Officer, Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss, told media operatives that a shopkeeper reported the attempted robbery shortly after 9 p.m. and contacted Lewis who lived nearby.

Lewis responded with someone, who also lived in the community, but according to Inniss, Lewis never made it to the location of the crime.

Innis said, Lewis, while on his way to the shop, came face to face with the assailants and gunshots rang out.

He said Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene.

“A very tragic moment,” Innis told reporters.

Innis said Lewis was a “young and exuberant officer,” and a “very good worker”.