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Nov 17, 2017

D.P.P. to Decide on Charges for Security Officer Who Fired Weapon at Nightclub

Wilfredo Ferrufino

Thirty-three-year-old security officer Glenford Brown was picked up by police on October fifteenth, following a shooting incident outside of the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel and Casino.  Brown reportedly discharged a sawed-off Mossberg shotgun in an attempt to disperse a crowd of patrons who were involved in an altercation while leaving from Club Elite.  Instead of breaking up the scuffle, the blast to the pavement injured twenty-one-year-old Tyrin Faber who was struck in the chest and forearm by the ricocheting pellets.  While Technical Security Systems admits that what Brown did was against protocol, charges are yet to be brought against him.  In an update on the matter, police told the media that a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the days ahead.

 

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, Crimes Investigation Branch

“That incident with Mr. Faber, in relation to the firearm and the injuries caused to him by the firearm, C.I.B. personnel are investigating that.  The file is going to be forwarded to the D.P.P. no later than early next week.  I spoke to the [Officer Commanding] traffic in regards to the traffic aspect of it, they are still looking into that aspect of that case and it is still open in regards to that.”

 

Reporter

“Okay, now is there any, it seems that the, or the allegation is that the security guard discharged his weapon on the ground, or that’s the allegation, and then the pellets ended up in these individuals.  Is there any, are there any rights afforded to a security guard being that it’s his job and one assumes he has a licensed firearm for the safety of that environment.  Is there any provision given to him or any allowance I should say given to him?  He was doing his job, quote, unquote.  Maybe he exercised poor judgment but is that something that you look at all in this case?”

 

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“Right.  We looked at it and that is why we are seeking the advice of the D.P.P., if his actions were justified indeed and we will await her directive and her advice on that.  So that is why no charges have been laid so far.”

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