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Nov 13, 2019

ComPol Williams Explains GSU Raid in Boom

Chester Williams

An operation mounted by the Gang Suppression Unit in Burrell Boom Village resulted in one person being shot with a non-lethal round as he attempted to flee from police.  Dean Cain claims that the officers used unnecessary force against him, however, according to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, who sanctioned the operation; the officers were well within their means in subduing him.  The problem in Burrell Boom, however, appears to be centred around the local sale of marijuana in that community.  Over the past two weeks, we reported on the murder of Aaron Baptist and a subsequent shooting incident.  This afternoon, the top cop explained what the department has been doing to address crime and violence in the Belize River Valley.


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“As you would know, the people of Burrell Boom Village have been complaining about activities that had been occurring in the village.  Recently we saw a murder and a subsequent shooting of a house that resulted in another person being injured.  Now that is a small, rural community and if it is that we are going to sit back and allow criminality to take over a small community then something is wrong with us.  Due to the outcry of people and the fact that we know that some of the places in the village tend to harbor loiterers and public drinkers which continues to be a problem for us, I directed the GSU to go into Burrell Boom Village to conduct operations and I know that yes, they went to search a yard.  And from what I was briefed, I was not there and from what I was briefed a dog was in the yard that was let loose at the police and police shot the dog.  There was a fellow who was either on the premises or in the yard and when the police approached to search him, he took off and the police used the non-lethal ammunition and they shot him.  It is nothing to cause him any kind of fatal injury.  It is a non-lethal force that police use to be able to get control of a situation.  With that they were able to detain the person.  He was wanted for questioning in respect to the murder.  I believe CIB dealt with him, we could not get sufficient evidence against him so he was subsequently released but the matter where the murder is concerned is still under investigation.”

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