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Oct 8, 2012

B.D.F. shooting of Guatemala is deemed self defense by police

Raphael Martinez

A Guatemalan national who was killed by the B.D.F., in the Ceibo Chico area has not been identified locally, but the press in Guatemala claims he is thirty-five year old Francisco Quim Cab, of Montes de los Olivos, Dolores, Peten. The incident happened last Thursday in the Chiquibul where Quim was panning for gold along with another Guatemalan Mario Cabb. Cabb, however, fled the area when the B.D.F. fired warning shots. According to the police, the B.D.F. maintains that Quim was shot when he advanced towards a soldier.


Raphael Martinez, Police Press Officer

“Police visited Ceibo Chico Area in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, about one hundred and seventy feet into a picado, the lifeless body of a Maya descent male person dressed in a green shirt and a blue jeans pants and a pair of rubber boots was seen lying face up. The body had apparent gunshot wound under the chin and to the right upper part of his back. The body is unidentified, but he has a tattoo with marking “Foy” on the right arm. Initial investigation revealed that about 11:30 in the morning on the fourth of October, a B.D.F. soldier and a Forestry Officer went to the said area to do a spot check when the soldier saw the said male person in the bushes. He followed the male person who had a wooden box on his shoulder and a machete in his right hand. He was ordered to stop, but the male person threw the box to the ground and turned around. He was then ordered to put down his machete, but instead started to advance towards to the soldier. The soldier fired a warning shot and again ordered the male person to stop and to discard the machete. The male person kept advancing. Then, reportedly, the soldier fired three more warning shots, but the person still kept on advancing and started to raise the machete whilst advancing towards the soldier. The soldier, reportedly, fired two more warning shots and took cover on the right side of the picado. The male person immediately advanced towards the soldier again with his machete raised in a chopping motion and upon reaching at about approximately two feet from him, the soldier then fired one more shot; fatally wounding the male person. An OAS representative and a member of the Guatemalan consulate were taken to the area and the scene was processed in their presence. On the scene, four expended five point five-six millimeter shells, a machete measuring two feet and a wooden box were retrieved from the scene as exhibit. The body was secured near the Observation Post for the night and on the fifth of October at approximately three o’clock in the morning; the body was transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital morgue where at twelve-fifty-five p.m. was pronounced dead.  Police Investigation on this matter continues.”


Jose Sanchez

“Question; if he received one shot to the right upper back, how does he get a bullet wound to his chin?”


Raphael Martinez

“It’s not quite usual for the fife point five-six rounds; that’s the difference between the five point five six and the seven point six-two. The five point five-six is a tumble round and it is a very lively round that I would say where because u have an entrance wound, let’s say, on the right shoulder; it would not be unusual for you to perhaps have another injury maybe in your abdomen or your face. It is just the nature of that type of round—a five point five-six millimeter round—shot in this case from an M-sixteen weapon.”


An autopsy was carried out on Saturday in Burrell Boom and Quim’s body was transported back to his home.

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