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Feb 6, 2019

Wild West on Coney Drive: Police and Suspected Thief Eena Shootout

Coney Drive here in the city was in mayhem and traffic backed up this afternoon after a shootout between police and two men known to the law. Police were on hot pursuit of a duo of men on motorcycle when the shootout occurred. The duo appeared suspicious to the cops and when they reached the area of NAPA, police opened fire. One of the responding cops in a patrol vehicle was shot and injured in the left shoulder and one of the men was arrested on site.  At least today, the suspects had not committed a crime but police moved in on them based on their record. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports. 


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A mid-afternoon shootout between police on mobile patrol and a pair of men on motorcycle unfolded on Coney Drive shortly after two o‘clock today.  The exchange of gunfire, caught in its entirety on surveillance footage, resulted in an officer being injured in the left shoulder.  A sports utility vehicle parked on one side of the street was also struck by a stray round, damaging its rear window.  In the aftermath of the chaos that unfolded in front of Transparent BPO, one eyewitness describes what he saw off-camera.


Voice of: Eyewitness

“All I si brethren da police di run backa wahn gunman and shot di fly.  Gunman di shoot like dehn noh got no sense, police di shoot like dehn noh got no sense.  Police probably got grazed, gunman probably got shot.  Dehn run up eena Transparent BPO, shots fired up in there.  Mein, Coney Drive da mi like wahn war zone earlier brethren.”


According to investigators, the duo, no stranger to the law, was spotted traveling north along the Phillip Goldson Highway and had just passed the roundabout near NAPA when they were pursued.


Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Just a short while ago, police were conducting a routine patrol on the Phillip Goldson Highway.  Whilst passing by the battery place where I believe it is called Renco Battery, they observed two male persons onboard a motorcycle.  They began to pursue this motorcycle and thereafter the persons drove into the Puma Gas Station and into the Coney Drive area.  Police chased them from there all around the Coney Drive area until they reached this side where police finally ended up catching them.”


The chase culminated with the motorcycle being cornered, multiple shots fired in both directions, and an armed suspect running and gunning as he fled the scene on foot.  When the exchange subsided, the passenger on the motorcycle was face down on the pavement.


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“One of the male persons was detained on the motorcycle and the other who was the driver, he jumped off of the motorcycle and as he turned he started to fire shots towards the police’s direction, resulting in one of the officers being injured.  The officer is presently at the hospital and is being attended to.  He is in a stable condition at this moment.”


Voice of: Eyewitness

“Well I si one ah di police get taken away.  I believe he get grazed, but di gunman, I think one ah dehn deh eena di vehicle and di other one gaan before di police got grazed or so.”


Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo provided preliminary details of what transpired at the scene while it was still being processed technicians.


Isani Cayetano

“These men were being pursued based on a suspicion of either about to commit a crime or having committed a crime?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Well they are well-known persons to police hence the reason police had to pursue them.”



“But then is there any indication that they committed a crime before that or intended to?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“There was no crime committed before, just based on police suspicion.”


Isani Cayetano

“Have you guys been able to recover the firearm or is that along with the person that you’re looking for at this point?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“We believe that it is along with the person that fled from the area.”


A search for that suspect is underway. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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