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Jul 15, 2015

Security Guard Kills Intruder

Louis Lincoln Leslie

About an hour after he was shot, a thirty-nine year old Belmopan resident succumbed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was rushed to for urgent medical treatment. As we reported on Tuesday night, the shooting took place at the Gonzalo Quinto compound in Belize City.  A security guard claims he fired at Louis Leslie because he came under attack. Duane Moody’s has the following report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Around seven p.m. on Tuesday, the sound of a single gun blast echoed into the night. The shooting left a man gravely injured at the Gonzalo Quinto Compound in Belize City, near mile one and a half on the George Price Highway. Thirty-nine year old Louis Lincoln Leslie was shot once to the right side of the abdomen by a security guard on duty. He was rushed to the K.H.M.H., but succumbed with minutes.

 

Hilberto Romero

Supt. Hilberto Romero, O.C., CIB, Belize City

“Police responded to a shooting at the Gonzalo Quinto Compound situation at miles one and a half on the Phillip Goldson Highway where they found a male person, Louis Leslie, thirty-nine years, with a single gunshot wound to the right side of his abdomen area. He was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries around eight p.m. yesterday.”

 

Leslie was shot as he allegedly attacked the security guard with a pipe. The security reportedly took his licensed nine-millimeter pistol and fired the deadly shot.

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Our investigators are working on the case as we speak; this male person entered the compound through the front gate and went to the back area of the compound where it is alleged he had a confrontation there with the security guard who was armed at the time. The security guard is alleging that he was assaulted and attacked by this person with a metal pipe. He pulled out his service weapon and fired a single shot which caused that fatal injury.”

 

The Belmopan resident was visiting with his uncles here in the city, as was his routine once a week. He left the family business sometime in the afternoon and hours later, his uncle, who carries his namesake, would be contacted with the tragic news.

 

Louis Leslie Jr.

Louis Leslie Jr., Uncle of Deceased

“He normally visits us once a week right. He visits his uncles once a week. Louis was here all day yesterday; sometime in the afternoon he left. At about seven-thirty I got the word that he had been shot and that he would probably die from the gunshot. I went over to the hospital immediately and when I got there, the doctor informed me that he was dead; that a single bullet had perforated an artery that runs through the stomach and he bled to death. By the time they got him on the operating table, it was too late.”

 

Leslie has no record and is not known as a troublemaker.

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Well we are conducting a full and thorough investigation. At the end of that investigation, we will determine if any charges will be levied on the security guard.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir no reason as to why Mister Leslie ended up there and allegedly attacking that security guard?”

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“No, as far as we know, he entered through the front gate and made his way to the back area.”

 

Reporter

“Sir there is the suggestion that he may have been suffering from mental illness. Sir is that something that you all have received as well?”

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Yeah, we are following up on that. We know he has some medical condition and we are working to verify what exactly that condition is and that is a part of the investigation.”

 

But was the shooting justified? The family believes that excessive force was used and Louis was murdered at the hands of the security guard.

 

Louis Leslie Jr.

“Dead men tell no tales. I don’t know how many people where there that night. Only the watchman and the good Lord know what really transpired that night. Speaking on behalf of the family has a couple questions. There was only one shot. My nephew is not a thief, he doesn’t even have a police record and he wants for nothing. He is always well dressed and always carries himself in a mannerly way. So whatever transpired last night at the Quinto Compound, I don’t know. But the family’s question is: okay, so he got one shot in the stomach. Where is the warning shot over the head if it was indeed he was on those premises? Where is the warning shot over the head and where is the warning shot below, maybe at the feet? The bottom line is, if I have a stick or even a metal pipe in my hand and I am a certain distance away from you and you have a gun, why would you shoot the person with one shot? If you had the ability to run into your house and call the police, why didn’t you do that? If you had the ability to get out of the way in any way whatsoever and call the police, why didn’t you do that? Or did someone find it so easy to shoot a person in the gut and watch him died in front of him.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

Police are currently reviewing surveillance video that reportedly caught the killing when it transpired. The Leslie family has sought the advice of an attorney. 

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1 Response for “Security Guard Kills Intruder”

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    to answe Mr. Louis Leslie Jr.
    These days with crime very high the people should not shoot a warning shot but shoot to kill, why run into a house when you have a gun, doing so give advantage to the criminal. I guess these might help you sir, I would do the same risking my life is first not second option.
    And for you to help the family question, you should b asking what was my nephew doing in there first of all. He trespassed a property enclosed by high fence. So these days we don’t wait to call police to come by when you have an intruder, shoot to kill and later call police to carry the intruder to the morgue that’s it these days.

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