Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bahamas: American Sailor, 34, Shot, Killed After Coming to the Aid of a Friend in Nassau

Kyle Bruner, 34, the Chicago-based first mate on a tall ship, the Liberty Chipper, moored in Nassau, was shot and killed in the Bahamian capital on Sunday (May 13) after coming to the aid of a friend. 

The incident occurred at 0430 hours while Mr. Bruner was walking north on Mackey Street and approaching East Bay Street with another man and two women when they were approached by two local men who demanded cash from them, one of whom was armed with a handgun.

Subsequently, Bruner was shot in the neck when he tried to attempted to stop the assailants from stealing jewelry from one of the women.

Sadly, Mr. Bruner had just passed his captain's exam and was scheduled to depart Nassau for Boston next week.

COMMENT: Fortunately, local police have arrested one of the assailants, but are still searching for two others.

Although it is commendable that Bruner came to the crime victim's aid, the reality is that many criminals in the Bahamas carry firearms and are more than ready to use them against their victims and those who attempt to interrupt them.

As I have emphasized in more than countless postings over the years, crime victims in the Bahamas should NEVER resist a crime where the objective is personal property (e.g., wallet, purse, camera, smart-phone, money, credit cards, etc.), as NO amount of property is worth our life or lives, particularly considering that many career criminals carry firearms.

The unfortunate part of this case is that given the fact that the assailants were armed, it was a given that the woman who was resisting the armed robbery of her jewelry was going to  be relieved of her property.

It should be emphasized that the US Embassy in Nassau has classified the security threat from violent crime as "critical," which is the highest level of threat used by the US Department of State.