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St Croix police chief shot at roadblock

Sunday, August 19, 2012 | 12:47 PM    

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE, US Virgin Islands (AP) — Authorities say a police chief in the US Virgin Islands has been shot along with an officer while trying to stop armed robbery suspects on the island of St Croix.

A statement on the police department's Facebook page says St Croix Police Chief Christopher Howell and Officer Elsworth Jones have been treated for non-life threatening injuries after being wounded by gunfire.

Residents told investigators that up to 10 shots were fired at the two law enforcers at a roadblock they set up late Saturday to catch gunmen who held up a restaurant.

Politicians and police commanders have met with the two men at the hospital where they are recuperating.

St Croix is the largest and poorest of the three-island US Caribbean chain.

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