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Man Arrested in Connection With Shooting at Emerald Beach Hotel; Police Investigating

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ST. THOMAS — A man has been arrested in connection with a fight at the Emerald Beach Hotel in St. Thomas that resulted in one individual being shot.


According to V.I.P.D. Director of Communications Glen Dratte, on Monday officers from the V.I. Port Authority Police Department were dispatched at about 7:59a.m. to the Emerald Beach Hotel in reference to a fight in progress.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a male individual was shot during the fight at the hotel and he was transported via EMS to the Schneider Regional Medical Center to receive further medical treatment.

On Tuesday, detectives with the V.I.P.D.’s Criminal Investigation Bureau arrested 42-year-old Osie Ferguson in the area of Oswald Harris Court in connection with the shooting.

He was charged with first-degree assault, third-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, first-degree reckless endangerment, disturbance of the peace by fighting, and simple assault.

Unable to make bail of $200,00, Ferguson was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending his advisement hearing.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. The V.I.P.D. is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the CIB at 340-774-2211 ex. 5576/5572. You may also send an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers USVI here.

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