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Feb 7, 2019

Guatemalan Anibal Avila is Wanted for Overnight Shooting at Western Border

Guatemalan national Anibal Avila is wanted by Belizean authorities, following an incident at the western border this morning during which he reportedly opened fire in the direction of the customs building at the Benque Viejo crossing.  Avila, according to customs and immigration officials, has been denied entry to Belize on previous occasions after being arrested and charged for illegal firearm possession in 2016.  This time, the Melchor resident, along with another unknown individual, attempted to enter into the country, but was prevented from doing so.  Avila’s accomplice remained seated on the motorcycle while he fired multiple shots at the building as he retreated into Guatemalan territory.  Fortunately, no one on the overnight shift at the border was injured during the shooting.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“This morning sometime around 2:30 a.m., customs officials at the Belize Western Border that around and about the same time, 2:30 a.m., two Hispanic males approached the customs building.  Both were on a motorbike and one person attempted to enter the building to cross but he has been refused entry into Belize several times and as a result he then went back towards the Guatemalan border where he turned around and fired several shots towards the direction of the customs building.  This person is known to police as he, in 2016, had been arrested and charged for possession of unlicensed firearm as he was found in the free zone.”



“What has the conversation been like so far with your law enforcement counterparts in Guatemala as to this incident?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“We are doing that at this very moment, we are doing that with our Guatemalan counterparts as he is he is from Suchitan, Melchor is the address that was given to us.”



“Has he been arrested or in custody?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“Previously he was arrested but in this morning’s incident he went back across the border into Guatemala.”



“Mr. Myvett, you said there were two Hispanic men.  Were both of them denied entry or was it only him and what happened to the other man?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“He was the person who attempted to enter Belize whilst the other remained on the motorbike.”

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