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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

What We Know About Bahamian Man Shot Dead by Bahamas Police in Turks and Caicos

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An alleged criminal wanted in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos was killed in the British Territory in a police-involved shooting on Tuesday morning, after being sought for weeks.

Brandon Rahming, a 33-year old was wanted by the Royal Bahamas Police Force for drugs and firearms and the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force for murder, and was plastered on  ‘Wanted’ posters earlier in the month for the criminal acts.

He was labeled a ‘gang leader’ and TCI police offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who knew of his whereabouts.

Rahming was described as 5 feet, 7 inches of slim build, and was believed to have originally lived in Freeport, Grand Bahama, but his last known address was The Bight Providenciales in Turks and Caicos.

TCI Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said Rahming and others suspected of carrying firearms, were in the Dock Yard area and were “challenged by police officers” who were conducting an operation in the area.

Rahming was shot reportedly by a Bahamian police officer, one of 28 officers deployed to the island nation. He died on the scene.

Scenes from the deadly police shooting in TCI. (Photo credit: TCI Police)

In 2019, Rahming is shown in a picture, dressed in a chef uniform and appeared to work for a resort in TCI. He posted to social media, alluding to a past life of difficulty. “Thank you for my freedom and his guidance and mercy. Through them, I was given a second chance. Only a few know the depths and pain.”

“But hey, we [are] still here, so yes he has more in store,” he said.

It is not known how long Rahming lived in TCI, but police said he frequented the Dock Yard and Kew Town in the British territory, which have become rife with crime.

In October, in a joint effort with TCI police, officers from the Bahamas were deployed to the British territory to assist with controlling crime and murder which spiraled to worrying levels.

It is speculated that criminals are traversing the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, to commit crimes in the neighboring countries.

Botting said an independent review will take place in a few days “from a force within the region.”

 

Featured Image: The Bahamian man killed by police and TCI’s Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting

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