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Nov 5, 2018

2 of 3 Persons Arraigned for Murder of PC Osbourne Martinez

On Friday morning, the fatal shooting of Police Constable Osbourne Martinez and a robbery at the Belcove Hotel in the downtown area as well as the arrest of three perpetrators were all caught on camera.  Three PIV youths were charged for the chilling murder of PC Martinez and this morning, Rayford Mejia and Glen Lopez, were arraigned in court.  The third suspect, who was injured in the shoot-out was released from the hospital this afternoon and is to be arraigned on Tuesday.  News Five’s Duane Moody was at the Magistrate Court when Lopez and Mejia were taken to court.

 

Glen Lopez & Rayford Mejia

Duane Moody, Reporting

This morning, two of three persons involved in Friday’s broad daylight robbery and the killing of Police Constable Osbourne Martinez were arraigned for murder. Nineteen-year-old Rayford Mejia and twenty-one-year-old Glen Lopez appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford just before eleven a.m.; eighteen-year-old Tyrique Myles was released from the K.H.M.H. this afternoon as he was shot during the confrontation with the police. Lopez and Mejia were also charged for the robbery of three phones, a gold chain and cash; Lopez was additional charged with possession of a compact brand nine millimetre pistol and eight matching ammunition without a gun license. At its press briefing this afternoon, Deputy ComPol Chester Williams says that the two firearms used in the committal of the crimes were recovered.

 

Tyrique Myles

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations)

“When they got there, the officers alighted the vehicle and approached the establishment and opened the door. And as PC Martinez opened the door, he was fired upon and that was it. The quick reaction of the officers that were there as well as those who were in the boat from San Pedro who were across at Bottom Dolla again was significant in the apprehension of the three suspects. We know that after they were fired upon by the officers from San Pedro, they dropped their weapons in the river. We managed to recover one and the coastguard recovered the other and the suspects were detained along with their weapons.”

 

Three officers, including PC Martinez responded to the report of the robbery at Belcove Hotel; the thieves were inside Marlin’s Restaurant and Bar on Regent West and held several persons hostage. PC Martinez pushed open the door and was shot to the chest; he died minutes later at the K.H.M.H. His unfortunate death will see the department revisit several protocols, including the use of bullet proof vests, which Deputy ComPol Williams says the department is looking to procure.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations)

“Just last year, we received over three hundred bullet proof vests and those vests were issued to police officers countrywide. But for the most part, you find that officers don’t like to wear the vests because to some of them it is an extra weight when moving around. But I will say that Mister Martinez was not among those officers that were issued vests. And so we are looking now to procure additional vest that we will be able to equip each police officer with a bulletproof vest. From what we have gathered during the investigation, the shooter didn’t give the police any opportunity and so we will be looking at training our officers in terms of looking at rules of engagement; how you approach a situation of such and other volatile situation so that the officers will be able to respond more adequately.”

 

Martinez had been working with the department for ten years and Williams says that they had to counsel officers following the incident.

 

Osbourne Martinez

Chester Williams

“PC Martinez’s death is heart-wrenching for all of us. In the department we see each other as brothers and sisters, even though we may have difference of opinion and we may have issues among ourselves at time, we do love and appreciate each other. When he was killed, it was like a family-member being killed and so most naturally, emotions will be high. But as a police organization, regardless of what the circumstances are, we are expected to always maintain a certain level of professionalism. We cannot develop that criminal propensity and take the law into our own hands. As an organization, we have rules of engagement and we must ensure that whatever we do is done within the ambits of the law. And so we saw the need to go out as a unified administration to speak to our officers and let them understand that we feel your pain and we are hurting too. But not because we are hurting means that we must now go out and take the law into our hands.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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