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Jul 30, 2009

Ronlee Petillo alleges police shot at his head

Story PictureRonlee Petillo was released on bail one week ago. Today, News Five caught up with him at home recovering from injuries he says he sustained in a close encounter with the law. The twenty-one year old has been on bail since last Thursday for Attempted Murder and Use of Deadly Means of Harm. Petillo spent three months behind bars for the Euphrates Avenue shooting of Stackle Monsanto in April. In his recent brush with the police, he alleges he was picked up by two cops on Wednesday, taken to a secluded area of the Western Highway and then beaten up. But more than just brutality, he claims as they were about to leave, one of the officers shot at him.

Ronlee Petillo, Alleged Police Brutality Victim
“I mi deh pan di corner ah Dean Street and di police dehn proceed dehn search ah me and I just mek dehn search me and dehn just tell me get inna di vehicle. So when I get inna di vehicle di man tell me he gwein ker me go bruck my two hand dehn cause he seh how me fi do something to he so he just ker me dah six miles pass di checkpoint. When we pass di checkpoint he shoot inna six miles down wah lee cut off, haul me out ah di vehicle. Frazer give di bat and he just start wap me up and wap up my hand and left me deh and dehn skate and gone. He haul out ih gun and buss two shot afta me same way too and tell bout he wah deh right deh di wait fi me dah fi he house.”

Jose Sanchez
“Okay, I understand they also took your house key.”

Ronlee Petillo
“Yeah, dehn ker my key too. Frazer ker my key and up to now I still noh get my key fi my house.”

Jose Sanchez
“Who is the other officer?”

Ronlee Petillo
“Jemott.”

Jose Sanchez
“Have you met these officers before?”

Ronlee Petillo
“Yeah, all di time.”

Jose Sanchez
“So you’ve known them your whole life?”

Ronlee Petillo
“Yeah I know dehn.”

Jose Sanchez
“Were you surprised then when they took you up the road?”

Ronlee Petillo
“Yeah I mi surprised cause I mi think dah station I gwein.”

Jose Sanchez
“What were they accusing you of knowing?”

Ronlee Petillo
“Dehn mi di accuse me saying dat how me fi kill he. He seh dat how me fi kill he, Sergeant Jemott. He accuse me dat how some one ah fi he informer specialist tell he dat how me fi kill he. I noh got no idea bout dat weh he di talk bout.”

Jose Sanchez
“What part of you did they shoot?”

Ronlee Petillo
“He just point it pan me and bust it afta me but den I mi deh flat pan di ground so ih just pass by my face.”

Jose Sanchez
“So they thought you were dead?”

Ronlee Petillo
“Yeah cause den he ask di policeman if I get shot. If I get shot.”

Petillo said he made a report to Police Internal Affairs.

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1 Response for “Ronlee Petillo alleges police shot at his head”

  1. SUSAN BROWN says:

    The police in BELIZE have been doing this for years -i’m not saying that this right,but BELIZE POLICE should be fighting crimes, they should be getting all these SO CALL GANG BANGERS AND GETTING RID OF THEM THIS IS A SHAME TO THE COUNTRY AND IT’S TOURISM DO SOMETHING BEFORE WE END UP LIKE HAITI-IF DEAN BARROW AND HIS YOUNG WIFE DON’ T GIVE A….. PUT SOMEBODYELSE IN OFFICE WHO …. CARES BECAUSE HE IS MESSING UP EVERTHING,WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT YOUR COUNTRY -BELIZEAN SHOUD HIM AND HIS WIFE MAYBE THEN SOMETHING WILL BE DONE PERIOD THEY’RE ……. UP MY COUNTRY

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