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Sep 29, 2003

Cop shoots machete man in Punta Negra

If the weekend shooting death in Belize City fit a familiar pattern, so too did a fatal shooting today in the Toledo District. According to police reports, a mental patient, Frederick Espinosa, is dead after being shot by a police officer in Punta Negra. It is alleged that Espinosa had attacked the Chairman of the Punta Negra Village Council, Roy Jacobs, with a machete around ten this morning. When police arrived on the scene sometime after noon, Espinosa refused to be taken into custody and instead chose to attack the police. An officer, whose name has not been released, responded to the attack with his revolver and Espinosa died later this afternoon.

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