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Nov 14, 2018

Murder in San Pedro; BWS Employee is Executed

Cyril Jones

A thirty-seven-year-old San Pedro resident was executed on the veranda of his home on the island town. Cyril Jones was shot in the face on Tuesday night around seven-thirty when a gunman opened fire on him. Even before the gunman fled the scene, he pointed his weapon on another resident, who tonight is in fear of his life. But did Jones know his killer? Police said that the person called out for him before he was mortally wounded. Jones was transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic where he was pronounced dead. News Five’s Duane Moody was in San Pedro today and files this report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Around seven-thirty on Tuesday night, shots rang out in the San Pedrito area of the island town of San Pedro. Thirty-seven-year-old Cyril Jones, an employee of Belize Water Services Limited, was gunned down at his home in a well-known hotspot on the island. Police arrived minutes later to find Jones motionless with a gunshot wound to the face.

 

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations)

“Sometime after eight p.m. thereabout last night, San Pedro police were called to the San Pedrito area, responding to information of shots being fired. Upon arrival, they saw the lifeless body of one Cyril Jones. It was lying on the ground motionless at his home with what appeared to be gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic where he was pronounced dead on arrival by the doctor out there.”

 

According to police, Jones was inside his two-storey concrete house when someone whistled outside. He emerged only to find himself staring down the barrel of a firearm, as residents say a gunman on a motorcycle took aim at their unsuspecting neighbour. Before the gunman fled the scene, he trained his weapon towards a witness, whose life has since been threatened. It is not known what could have triggered the murder, but Deputy Commissioner Chester Williams confirmed today that four persons have since been detained in connection with this latest homicide.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams

“At this time, we are not able to establish a motive, but the investigation is still in its infancy stage and I am sure that the officers out there will do their utmost best to find those persons who are responsible for this latest murder in San Pedro.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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