Riots in New Caledonia. The man killed by a GIGN gendarme at the Saint-Louis mission in Mont-Dore was suspected of twelve carjackings

Riots in New Caledonia. The man killed by a GIGN gendarme at the Saint-Louis mission in Mont-Dore was suspected of twelve carjackings
Riots in New Caledonia. The man killed by a GIGN gendarme at the Saint-Louis mission in Mont-Dore was suspected of twelve carjackings

A group of men occupying the Saint-Louis mission in Mont-Dore, who fire on the GIGN during an operation intended to secure the road. According to the prosecutor, this is the context in which a resident of the neighboring tribe, released from prison in July 2023, was killed by return fire, this Wednesday. He was wanted to answer for a series of car-jackings. An investigation is open for willful violence resulting in death without intent to cause it. Another, for attempted murder of a person in authority.

It was a 38-year-old resident of Saint-Louis who lost his life this Wednesday, in Mont-Dore, near the neighboring Catholic mission of the tribe. The details are given in a press release from the prosecutor released in the evening. Yves Dupas gives an account of the circumstances, in light of the elements already collected. The man, who is known to be Rock Victorin Wamytan, known as “Banane”, was “fatally injured around 11:30 a.m., he wroteby a return shot from a gendarme from the National Gendarmerie Intervention Group, near the church of Saint-Louis.”

“Since the beginning of the morning, the mobile gendarmes ensuring the security of the provincial road in the sector (…) were targeted by several shootings, notably on armoured vehicles, at different points along the road axis”describes the prosecutor. “At around 9:30 a.m., four armed men with their faces covered were seen near the church.”he continues. “Ils [se sont introduits] in the presbytery. As well as inside the church for one of them, who was seen brandishing a long weapon, at a window on the upper level of the building.”

“Clearly, the accused had been occupying the premises illegally since July 4.”adds Yves Dupas. “Around 11:15 a.m., several shots were fired at a drone deployed by the gendarmerie to carry out observation missions on the site. Around 11:30 a.m.he continues, GIGN gendarmes positioned 650 meters from the church were directly targeted by several shots.” According to the prosecutor, it was then that one of them used his service weapon, in what is described as “an action in response to an attack which represented imminent danger to his comrades and himself.”

“Fatally hit by a projectile in the flank”the resident of Saint-Louis was, according to this press release, “transported in a pick-up truck by his companions to the tribe”The prosecution announced that it had ordered a CT scan and an autopsy of the body.

He also announced that two investigations have been opened.

  • One, for attempted murder of a person in authority. It concerns the shots that the accused persons allegedly fired at the police officers. It is being conducted by the Noumea research section.
  • The other, for intentional violence resulting in death without the intention of causing it. It is conducted by the judicial investigations office at the General Inspectorate of the National Gendarmerie. In connection with the use of his weapon by the GIGN gendarme, it concerns the death of the victim.

At this stage of the investigation, and subject to ongoing investigations, the hypothesis of an act of self-defense could be favored in view of the circumstances which led the gendarme to use his service weapon.

Yves Dupas, public prosecutor, July 10, 2024

Victim related to the great chief of Saint-Louis and president of the Congress, Roch Wamytan. The thirty-year-old, the prosecutor reports, “was the subject of a search warrant issued by the public prosecutor’s office on July 2, due to his alleged participation in a series of vehicle thefts with the use or threat of a weapon”No fewer than twelve carjackings were observed on the provincial road between June 30 and July 7, the second round Sunday particularly marked by the violence of the events.

“Furthermorelists Yves Dupas, His multiple criminal records include acts of intentional violence with a weapon, destruction of property by fire, participation in a criminal association with a view to preparing a crime.” Imprisoned in Camp-Est, he was released from detention a year ago, “July 19, 2023“.

This death, directly linked to the violence that began two months ago, represents the tenth person killed by gunfire since mid-May. New Caledonia deplores the violent death of eight civilians and two mobile gendarmes.



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