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May 2, 2003

Suspect detained in Godfrey shooting

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Three days after Belize City businessman Alvin Godfrey was shot in his store on Sixth Street, police say they have detained one man believed to be involved in the incident. On Thursday, twenty-five year old Albert Copious, a resident of Berkeley Street, was arrested and charged for possession of an unlicensed firearm after police found a point thirty-eight pistol in his house. According to the cops, Copious was wanted in connection with several shootings, robberies and burglaries, including the Godfrey incident. Copious has already been charged with the robbery of Chinese businessman Ting Chung Chang on April twenty-sixth, which is believed to have netted him approximately one thousand dollars in cash.

As for the condition of seventy-five year old Alvin Godfrey, News 5 understands that he is in a stable condition at a hospital in Guatemala City. Doctors there performed surgical procedures on Godfrey’s stomach on Thursday to feed him, and on his throat to drain clogged blood. As for the bullet still lodged to the back of his head, we have been told that it is at rest near a main artery, and at this point medical authorities have not yet decided whether it is safe to attempt to remove it. Godfrey was shot in his face just before six on Tuesday evening by one of two men who entered his grocery store to rob him.

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