Submitted to CMDR Jame Ferris, expedition commander
Location: recharging station on the road to Lasan
Party #1: Anonymous Vscika male, adult, age unk.
Party #2: Mina female, minor; Mina male, adult, parent to minor
Party #3: B.N. Darwin, Crewman R. Leckie
Witnesses: (see attached)
DESCRIPTION: Upon arrival, jump team discovered an unconscious, injured Adult male Mina (party #2) After receiving medical attention, the man reported that his daughter was missing, apparently abducted by an adult male Vscika. Darwin and Leckie located evidence of flight from the location and set off in rapid pursuit. After a chase through heavy vegetation, Darwin and Leckie saw that the minor girl had been placed on a rocky area near the edge of a high cliff. Darwin pushed Leckie down and to the side as the Vscikan swung at them with a large machete. Leckie fell, striking his head, rendering him stunned and disoriented. Darwin engaged the Vscikan, attempting to draw his aggression entirely to herself. The Vscikan attacked again, knocking Darwin’s phaser out of her hand and out of reach. Darwin drew out her hunting knife. The Vscikan attacked again, and in the chaos both he and Darwin went over the cliff and fell to the river below. The Vscikan male continued to attack with the machete until he lost his grip on it and it was swept away by rapids. At that point, Bishop entered the water, followed shortly by Orden and Parker. The Vscikan left the water. Darwin pursued him to a large, grassy field, and after a brief struggle, the Vscikan was dead. Bishop, Orden, and Parker arrived moments later.
Supporting Information: Subsequent tissue analysis indicated the Vscikan male was suffering from a protein deficiency causing brain injury, a condition brought on by exposure to the virus which has decimated the sentient population of the planet. A follow up investigation of the area around the charging station indicated that in addition to the two Mina that had been attacked minutes prior to the jump team arrival, the Vscikan had killed at least six individuals within the past 60 days. Evidence inside the charging station suggested a rapid descent into madness post exposure to the virus.
Darwin’s Statement: “He was not sane, and he wanted to kill something, anything. The universal translator successfully got that message across from him to me. Without my phaser, I had no weapon except my knife, and attempts to stun him were unsuccessful. After he lost his weapon and fled, I felt compelled to pursue him because he was a clear danger to any living being he might encounter; even without his machete, he was very strong and very quick. Waiting for backup was not an option. The fatal battle in the field was unfortunate but unavoidable. The expression in his eyes as he fought and then as he died are going to haunt me for a long time.”