The brother of the man shot dead by police on Friday night has spoken of the family’s shock at the sudden loss of their loved one. Father-of-one Andrew Noyce, 41, was fatally shot following an alleged confrontation with law enforcement officials. He was pronounced dead at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre following the incident which is said to have occurred at around midnight near the vegetable market in St John’s.
His elder brother Pastor Matthew Noyce told Observer that although there are speculations floating around, residents – like family members and friends – must remain hopeful that the true circumstances surrounding the case will come to light. According to reports, the incident stemmed from a complaint of larceny made by a vendor who operates a shop in the area, prompting a quick response from lawmen who claimed that Noyce was armed with two knives and making threats.
It is further reported that Noyce launched a violent attack at the police while wielding both weapons and numerous attempts were made to persuade him to surrender. However, he is said to have continued advancing towards them. He was shot and subsequently transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead at around 3am, according to reports from police.
According to the police, both weapons were recovered from the scene and the Serious Crimes Unit is continuing investigations into the matter. Meanwhile, Matthew said his family is still trying to come to terms with the incident. The deceased, who has been homeless for the better part of 20 years, is said to have been suffering from mental issues and addiction, a reality that his brother said has weighed down the family for many years.
He said over the years the family, though miles apart, have tried to assist Noyce to no avail.