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Nov 13, 2017

Traffic Stop Turns Shoot-Out in Wild West

There has been a welcome reprieve in murder reports for the past week; in fact, no murders were reported over the past weekend for the first time in some time. But there were two shooting incidents to report, the first in the Cayo District. At today’s press briefing in Belize City we got comment from the head of National Crime Investigation Branch, Joseph Myvett, on how a routine traffic stop became a shoot-out.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“On Friday last, San Ignacio Police was on patrol on Loma Luz Boulevard when they stopped a vehicle in order to conduct searches. And in the process the driver alighted the vehicle where he was informed that searches will be conducted on the vehicle. As a consequence he put his hand in his pocket and attempted to pay the police. The police informed him of the offence committed and told him that he would be placed under arrest. As a result, he took out a handgun from his pocket and a struggle ensued between him and one of the officers. In the struggle, one shot was discharged and the driver managed to free himself, making good his escape; and in the process he fired two other shots toward the police officers. As a consequence the police returned fire, however searches were made in the immediate area and he has not been found since. The vehicle is impounded at the San Ignacio Police Station, and searches done on the vehicle have found nothing further incriminating. So one person is being sought in regard to this investigation.”

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