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UPDATE: Accused murderer shot, recaptured

Santo Hernandez was shot by police today, December 6.

The person who was shot on Tortola this morning has been identified as murder accused and prison escapee, Santo Hernandez.

Police shot him during an operation in the Butu Mountain area. He is now receiving treatment at Peebles Hospital which, as a result, was placed on lockdown.

Hernandez is in stable condition, police said in a media release today.

“Following receipt of intelligence, officers made a search of a residence in the Butu Mountain. Hernandez aggressively engaged the officers. Shots were discharged by police and Hernandez was subdued, apprehended and taken to Peebles Hospital.”

“Investigations in relation to this incident are ongoing; including persons seen around the premises prior to the operation,” the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force said.

Hernandez, who a native of the Dominican Republic, was one of three inmates that were still at large following a massive prisonbreak after Hurricane Irma in September.

Hernandez is charged with the murder of Alston Penn, whose lifeless body was found in a pool of blood on the Windy Hill road in March this year.

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Peebles Hospital has been placed under yet another emergency lockdown following a shooting on Wednesday morning, December 6.

Details are still not clear but BVI News understands that the shooting happened before 7am today on Tortola.

This is at least the third incident in less than a month that the medical facility was placed on lockdown based on a shooting.

Four persons were shot, and two killed in the previous incidents.

BVI News has not been able to confirm injuries in relation to this morning’s shooting.

More information to be provided as this story develops.

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  1. Albion says:

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    Is the hospital going to lock down every time there is a shooting anywhere in the entire BVI? Because at the rate people are getting shot the damn thing is never going to be open.

    • @ Albion says:

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      actually if the injured party comes to the hospital it needs to be locked down for the person who got shot,admitted patients,visitors and staff safety darling, you wouldn’t like the shooter to come and try finish off the job and hurt innocent people now would you?

    • @finally says:

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      Finally

    • smith says:

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      Please keep off our health service lock down don’t mean close

    • Hmm says:

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      But if they had leave the doors open and the killer comes to finish off the person and shoot a bunch of innocent people along the way, y’all Tola people would make noise! Knowledge is key. This is the protocol around the World.

      • Around which world says:

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        It is only protocol around the world where the police force cannot control what is going on… before you give statements about what is protocol around the world leave Tortola first please… thank you very much

    • Sad. says:

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      Fool!!! for the safety of the occupants in the hospital it must be locked down, everytime there is a gun shot victim you have to secure the hospital.

  2. positive vibes says:

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    Lockdown hospital or not….killers need to be brought to justice.They also need to find the ones responsible for Trinity’s murder

    • LIT says:

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      Who shot the little girl and my step uncle. Why the police take he hospital after shooting he, them had need to take he backside right up to ballo leh he bleed out. …. I so mad!

  3. Boolist says:

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    @albion,I’m saying the same thing thing but i assume they go on lock down because last time someone was shot the victims shooters came to the hospital to finish the job

  4. Orlando Kardashian says:

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    just in time to welcome our first cruise ship into the territory. no worries my boy, we open for bidness

  5. LeBong James says:

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    Wtf wrong with these people dread. It’s so effen sickening!

  6. SERPICO says:

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    The lock down is for a security purpose in regards to victims and employees at the hospital. Lets be civil here. There are cases where persons tried to get into the hospital to carryout further assaults.

  7. rastarite says:

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    All to do with drugs, gangs and witnesses to do with the murders. The BVI is sick… Get rich quick schemes don’t often work.

  8. Fool says:

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    Yes safety first

  9. Sad says:

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    Tortola is in a sad sad state. God have mercy on Tortola. People are going further away from God. I sincerely hoped that the wrath of Irma would have changed hearts and minds but sadly it haven’t for many. We must keep praying for only God knows what He has in store for us next. My BVI.

  10. ian says:

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  11. richgdgy says:

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  12. Tourist says:

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    Maybe develop a gun range in Tortola for tourists to immerse them in our local culture Just think we could add scooters too for the thrill of drive by gang shootings. We could set this up on the soon to be expanded runway which will never be used anyway.

  13. Reply says:

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    Good they got this guy off the streets. Kudos to the person(s) who dropped a dime on him.

    Whomever offerred him protection all this time providing him food and shelter needs to be charged with harboring a fugitive and obstructing justice.

    Now, somebody needs to drop a dime on the others who remain on the run.

    Good job RVIP. One down. A few more to go.

  14. Concerned person says:

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    Great job officers and those who had him staying by them needs to be lock ip also if they are from here and if not deport them

  15. M.O.B says:

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  16. Ms wize says:

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    Who in their right mind would harbor such a cold blooded killer? Guess u sleep with one eye closed. Thumbs up to the officers. Respect always. Pray your safety daily

  17. LIT says:

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    Yall still calling it a prison break? Give it a break and just admit the truth.

  18. Watcher says:

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    Its like Dodge City. Will tourists come back?

  19. Shocked says:

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    Good hoing RVIPF get those scumbags! You can run but you cant hide (for long)…hahaha. now you will answee for your crime (s)

  20. Normalcy says:

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    Great work Royal Virgin Islands Police, and whoever else may have snitched.

  21. bad reporting says:

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    Instead of scare the public this morning you should have waited and reported that the police shot someone or checked
    your facts before publishing the article as I’m sure cruise guests saw the headlines as well.. BVI News should post as reporters not as general public on social media but since you get most of your stories from the community board I’m not really surpised anyway.

  22. CONCERNED says:

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    Well done RVIPF. Brothers, sisters, we need to talk to police more often. I read previously we cannot trust them. Now I believe we can and must help them to do justice for the people. We are obsessed with the word snitch, its not snitching but it is doing what is right. I personally thank you RVIPF.

  23. Observant says:

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    I am glad that he is recaptured and surprised at the RVIPF. Then again was it local police only or the foreign ones who spearheaded this operation? Hmm. Terrorists in my opinion should be eliminated without prejudice but kudos to the officers nonetheless. Now to get the other escapees, the murderers of the little girl, her father and the other terrorists Territory wide.

  24. mmario says:

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    Life in the fast lane = R.I.P

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