June 7, 2023 –WILLEMSTAD – In a recent ruling, the officer involved in the shooting of an unarmed burglar last year has been found guilty. The judge has handed down a sentence of 24 hours of suspended community service and placed the officer on probation for a period of 1 year. The officer’s actions were deemed to be in violation of the Penal Code, as targeted shooting at a suspect is only permissible when the suspect is armed or poses a direct threat.
According to the law, police officers are authorized to use their service weapons if suspects have committed criminal offenses that carry a prison sentence of 4 years or more. However, this was not the case in this particular incident, leading to the conviction on charges of aggravated assault.
It is important to note that the burglar, who was shot during the incident, underwent surgery and is expected to undergo a four-year rehabilitation process for his knee injury.
A suspended community service order means that the officer will not have to serve the sentence unless they commit another offense during the probationary period.