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Jun 4, 2018

Boy, 13, Shot after Allegedly Pulling Weapon on Police

Elwin Pitter

There are two versions about the police shooting of a minor over the weekend.  The thirteen-year old remains hospitalized tonight after being shot multiple times on Saturday evening. The Pitter family is contradicting the police report on how Elwin Pitter, better known as ‘Flap,’ ended up at the Karl Heusner Hospital. Flap’s father, who has provided his son’s information, attests that the under-aged boy was heading to his grandmother, unarmed, and was carrying a knapsack with a stereo system.  The police, however, say that the Gang Suppression Unit pursued the young man to Racoon Street and they fired several shots at him when he threateningly pointed a firearm at them. News Five’s Isani Cayetano has the following story.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Thirteen-year-old Elwin Pitter belongs in school.  Tonight, however, he’s bedridden at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he remains under police guard.  His charge sheets, a battery of offences allegedly committed while being pursued by police on Saturday evening, are neatly stacked at his bedside.  Both legs are bandaged after being shot by personnel attached to the Gang Suppression Unit.


Roy Pitter

Roy Pitter, Father of Shooting Victim

“On Saturday when I came from work, my son Junior was here with some friends and nephew in front of my gate and as I reach the gate I asked my son, where is my son?  And he seh, ih leff out gaan da granny, gwein da ih granny.  So said, so done.  I deh right out deh and wahn young man pan wahn cycle just drive up and holla, “Bwai dehn just done shot yo son.”


According to police, Flap, as Pitter is otherwise known, was being tailed by GSU on mobile patrol and upon catching up with him, the teenager produced a firearm.


Wilfredo Ferrufino

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, C.I.B., Belize City

“On June second, sometime around 4:40 p.m., a team of members of the Gang Suppression Unit received information that there was a male individual in possession of a firearm on Antelope Street.  As a result, the team visited the location or made their way to the location and on arrival they observed a male individual fitting the description.  Upon seeing the police, he proceeded to elude the police and he rode down on Seagull Street and went up, contrary to traffic, on Raccoon Street.  Upon police encountering him in front of 22 Raccoon Street, he turned to the police and pointed what, pointed a firearm in their direction.  As a result, the officers, one of the officers fired at him and hit him on his legs.”


Inside her home at the time of the shooting was Pitter’s grandmother.  She declined an on-camera appearance.  Nonetheless, Sharlene Lobo shared an account of what transpired at the entrance to her home, as well as the ensuing chaos after the barrage of shots were fired.


Voice of: Sharlene Lobo, Grandmother of Shooting Victim

“I yer di shot.  I mi di bake and I run.  I drop with the pan and I drop.  I pick up back di pan and I put it pan di table and I run out.  When I run out I sih da my grandson because I yer di shot right ya da my gate, so I run out and I sih da my grandson.  My grandson di run een so I just run and I grab he and I drag he da my house, yoh undastand.  I drag my grandson eena my house and beg di policeman, just fi mek dehn noh shoot my grandson I tell dehn, ah wahn cooperate with unu, because then dehn mi wahn shoot mi grandson and shoot me.”


Following the shooting, Pitter was taken to the K.H.M.H. for medical attention.  He is expected to appear in court upon his release and will face a slew of charges.


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“He was transported to the hospital by those officers and he is listed as stable at the hospital.  As soon as he is discharged he will be charged formally with possession of an unlicensed firearm, ammunition and aggravated assault.  The firearm was retrieved from beside him after he was injured by the police.”


That’s the official version of what happened on Saturday evening.  Pitter’s relatives, including his grandmother and father, refute that narrative.  They contend that the young man was never armed.  In fact, they say that while he was indeed carrying a knapsack, it contained a portable stereo system.  They maintain that he was never in possession of a loaded weapon.


Voice of: Sharlene Lobo

“When time one ah dehn seh open di bag, open di bag, dehn drag open di bag [and] dehn sih wahn shine thing.  I sih wahn shine thing but I noh know da what.  I tell dehn plain, I noh know da what.”


Roy Pitter

“According to some people out there, they tell me the policeman dehn stand up eena di back ah di truck and shot atta di lee bwai like dehn di dog di lee bwai.  Dehn seh ih got wahn gun.  How you could sih through wahn bag?”


Roy Pitter says he returned to scene of the shooting after visiting his son at the hospital.  While technicians were on hand to process the area, he says he never saw the recovery of a book bag, let alone a firearm.


Roy Pitter

“Standing there outside watching in, I sih di forensic officer and all ah dehn.  I noh sih wahn knapsack, I noh sih wahn gun yet.  I don’t see a knapsack, I don’t see a gun yet.  Dehn seh di young bwai mi got wahn bag pan ih back and thing ahn, I don’t see that yet.  The crime scene, I was right there, they picked up six shells.  It’s as much as eight to nine shells bust, gunshots.”


According to the father, Flap has been out of school and has been working as a laborer in and around the city up to the time of the shooting.  What the incident brings to mind, however, is the sudden rise in the number of teenage killers that is plaguing society.  In the face of what has happened, both parents are vouching for him.


Voice of: Sharlene Lobo

“My grandson da noh wahn gang banger, as weh di inspector come and ask me if my grandson da wahn gang banger.  Hell no!! None ah my grandson dehn noh gang bang.  Dehn may be ears hard as all pickney, but dehn noh gang bang.”


Roy Pitter

“My son noh have no record, no crime, ih noh have with the law.  He’s a working young man and anywhere I move, I move wid dehn.  If I cyan ker out all ah dehn, I noh ker out nobody.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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