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Jun 22, 2017

Personal Motive for Jermaine Franklin Murder; Suspect in Custody

Jermaine Franklin

Thirty-six-year-old Jermaine Franklin was shot and killed while shopping for new movies inside Teddy’s on Kings Street on Wednesday night.  Sometime around six-thirty, Belize City police responded to reports of shots being fired in front of the store.  When they arrived on the scene, they saw the lifeless body of the Fabers Road resident lying on the sidewalk near the entrance to the establishment.  According to investigating officers, Franklin was accosted by someone who followed him inside the store.  That individual proceeded to open fire inside the business.  Franklin attempted to escape his attacker but was mortally injured.  Police, however, were able to detain a suspect immediately following the deadly shooting.  This morning, Assistant Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo gave details on the latest city murder.

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division

“On yesterday’s date, Wednesday, June twenty-first, 2017, sometime after six in the evening police responded to shots fired on King Street.  As a result they visited the location of number sixteen King Street which is in front of Teddy’s DVD, music and rentals, where they observed a male person lying motionless on the pavement.  The person was identified as Jermaine Franklin of a Fabers Road address and he was seen with several apparent gunshot wounds to the body.  He was taken to the K.H.M.H. where he was pronounced dead on arrival.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Are there any indications that this armed assault happened inside the premises or it happened on the street itself?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“The shooting took place inside the establishment and outside of the establishment on both locations.  The person was inside of the DVD shop where the suspect came and fired some shots at him and then he chased the person outside of the establishment.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“I was also made to understand that quick police work led to the apprehension of the suspect.  Can you confirm?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“We have a person in custody at this time that is being questioned.  We suspect that he is the right person that was involved in the shooting and he is presently in custody at this time.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, has that firearm that was used in this armed assault ever located?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“No, I know that searches have been conducted at the suspect’s residence, however, no firearm was found.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What about surveillance cameras that may have been inside the establishment?  We are made to understand that several cameras may have caught the incident as it unfolded.”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Well the investigators have combed the area, they have checked several footage within the area that have assisted the police in this investigation so far.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What can you tell us about Jermaine Franklin from a criminal profile, if he has ran afoul of the law before and has been arrested?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“So far that we know, we know that he has, we don’t have any records of him in regards to coming in contact with the police and whatsoever, you know.  We have very few information about him.”

 

Reporter

“Now sir, in terms of a possible motive in this latest homicide…”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Well we have interviewed the suspect a while ago and the motive is something personal and we do not believe that it is gang related at this time.”

 

Police investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

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