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Nov 11, 2015

Still No Arrest in Election Day Shooting

Exactly seven days after a man fired his weapon into the air in front of hundreds of witnesses on election night, there has been no arrest. The alleged shooter, identified as a close affiliate of Minister of National Security John Saldivar, was immediately detained by police. That’s when Saldivar shouted at police officers to back off, before he and his supporters pulled the detained man away from police and took him away. It’s an appalling spectacle caught on video, and it is an embarrassment for the Belmopan Police Department. As we told you, there has been no arrest, but under some pressure, officer commanding the Belmopan Police Superintendent Howell Gillett explained why.

 

Howell Gillett

Supt. Howell Gillett, Officer Commanding, Belmopan

“What was initially reported to us was that a shot was fired from among party supporters—when I say party supporters, supporters of the U.D.P. I will not be able to say yes this man is a U.D.P. supporter, but for sure we know that he was amongst the U.D.P. supporters. Our police officers who were engaged in that kind of election duty for that night immediately responded to the area and a male person, and I won’t call a name because the person has not been charged at this time, was identified to the police as the possible person who fired the shot. And to my knowledge it was in a celebratory mode, meaning that they got wind of the results. Although it wasn’t official at the time, they got wind that the U.D.P. might have won the election. So I guess that’s the reason for it, but still you can’t do something like that. The firearm was immediately retrieved. Because of the size of the crowd—I don’t have an exact estimate of the crowd—but because of the size of the crowd, I don’t think it was the most prudent thing to arrest the person there and then. But the person was subsequently brought into the station, the allegation was told to him; that an allegation of a shot fired from his licensed weapon. We have confirmed that he has a licensed weapon; we have retrieved the weapon. The investigation is not closed as yet. I have personally interviewed the officers who were nearby and there was none…none of the statements that we have attained so far, could safely say that this individual was the person who pulled the trigger. I think, we have reviewed the video that we spoke about and there is nothing to show a person who pulled the trigger. Yes, you can hear the sound, but you cannot see who exactly pulled it. And that is the point that we need to reach at before we can have a case before the court.”

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3 Responses for “Still No Arrest in Election Day Shooting”

  1. bababooey says:

    To Superintendent Howell Gillettt – I imagine you must have some experience to get to the position you are in. when you make a statement such as “there is nothing to show a person who pulled the trigger. Yes, you can hear the sound, but you cannot see who exactly pulled it. And that is the point that we need to reach at before we can have a case before the court.”

    Ever heard of the term “smoking gun?” a freshly fired weapon will have a strong scent of gunpowder which will last for a short time. A gun that has been fired will also have powder residue, and small brass filings from the cartridge.

    The powder residue and brass filings will remain until the gun is cleaned.

    If it is licensed to him he is responsible for it.

    It worries me that the police don’t know how to do a basic simple investigation or is it that you just don’t want to arrest this guy because he is your boss’s supporter.

  2. youserious says:

    Jajajajaja BS….why wasn’t forensics practiced on him…Belizeans will have like always take this BS and forget about it.

  3. Hatari says:

    If it were you or me, we would have been hauled away, thrown in jail, fined, and our gun license would be taken away. That is the way it should be. But oh no, our Minister of National Security will make sure that his buddy will never have to deal with that! This is ridiculous, criminal, and totally unacceptable! Corruption to the max! Once again our government and our police department have failed us.

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