Thursday, August 13th, 2015 Aaron Humes Reporting: We have been reporting on the travails of 82 year old Henry Cunningham, a resident of Conch Shell Bay who lost his firearm to members of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) last December as they raided his residence.
New Superintendent of Police and commanding officer of the Unit, Mark Flowers, maintains that in the interest of public safety, Cunningham cannot and will not get back his weapon. He told 7 News on Wednesday that “The area that Mr. Cunningham lives, is not at all safe.
Rather than endangering the lives of more people, we’ve decided to recommend the cancellation of his license; at his age a 16 gauge shotgun is not at all the best thing that an 82 year old would want to have.
It is a very powerful shotgun and I don’t think that it is wise and it would be wise for us to return that firearm to him in that area. We know that the likeliness of it being stolen is high, so we won’t do that, wouldn’t be sensible at all for us to do.”
According to Supt. Flowers, he has recommended terms for compensation. He noted that Police have twice discovered marijuana “stashes” at the residence, but have not charged Cunningham because they believe he has nothing to do with it; the house is being used, unknowing to him, as a “stash” house for marijuana. They fear that if the weapon is returned it could be stolen.
Supt. Flowers also denied suggestions of “ageism” against Cunningham.
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