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Jan 2, 2020

Police Constable in Induced Coma after being Attacked and Chopped

Edgar Teul

2020 did not start right for a constable who came under attack by as many as four men. It happened during a football match in the Belmopan area and it was captured on camera. The images show the constable attempting to break up two warring groups but the violence escalates and the men turn on Constable Edgar Teul. He was chopped multiple times and had to be transported to the K.H.M.H. for urgent treatment. Here is News Five’s Hipolito Novelo.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Thirty three year old police constable Edgar Teul is in an induced coma at the K.H.M.H. after he was attacked and chopped on New Year’s Day.

The machete attacked happened in the Maya Mopan Area of Belmopan and the crime was caught on camera. In the shocking video officer Teul is seen trying to diffuse a situation between two warring groups of men who were hurling stones at each other. At least three men are seen armed with machetes.

Teul puts himself between the two groups, but then one of the men takes aim at him, violently hurling a stone at Teul. He misses. The groups continue to war and officer Teul’s words and instructions are ignored. He is aimed at again; this time, the stone hits him.

At this point, it gets worse. One of the men walks to Teul and attacks him with the machete. He continues to attack the constable who attempts to retreat. And at this point, the officer has four armed men after him. They chop him and throw stones at him. He falls but quickly gets up. Before his attackers continue their assault, a police mobile shows up and they shoot at the fleeing attackers.

 

Dario Cal

Voice of: Dario Cal, Nephew of Edgar Tuel 

“We were sitting outside and then I watched a group of guys coming down with machete in their hands like prepared to fight with somebody. While I was sitting down people started to curse me but my auntie told me to ignore them. My uncle came out because he is a police officer. He just wanted to tell those guys to move on but I see those guys attack my uncle and he is police officer. He just wanted to tell them to move on and avoid the problem. I just see this guy intentionally chop he. He is a police officer so those guys were under the influence of alcohol too. They had rum in their hand. They chopped my uncle like I can’t believe. If you were looking for problem we would defend ourselves but my uncle came to do this job. I was calling form my cousin to help us and he say everything, my uncle was chopped in his head and his hands. I got frightened. I thought they were going to kill him. They chopped him in his head. He was already down and he was trying to get up but I saw blood. Those guys were going to chop him again but thanks to the police they came at the same time and they stopped them. One of the guys tried to run away but the police still caught one of them.”

 

One of the weapons has been recovered. The main suspect is a seventeen-year-old youth of Maya Mopan. He was apprehended.

 

Hilberto Romero

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Belmopan police were on mobile patrol in the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan when they were alerted to a chopping incident that was occurring at the Maya Mopan Football Field. They immediately responded and came across the chopping incident. They found Edgar Teul, police constable, thirty-three years of age, with chop wounds to the head and to the hands.  They immediately apprehended three suspects who were involved in this chopping incident and they were taken into custody. Edgar Teul was transported to the Western Regional Hospital and thereafter to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is admitted, receiving treatment. He is now listed in a stable condition.  He was off duty at the time.”

 

Reporter

“And as to what may have transpired…has he been able to share?”

 

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“He was the watching a football game when he was attacked by these male persons.”

 

Reporter

“Are these male persons known to him?”

 

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“I am not sure if they are known to him, but at some point they attacked him there.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.


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