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May 4, 2020

Dangriga Shooting is Gang-Related, Police Presence Increases

Joseph Myvett

The shooting on Sunday night in Dangriga is the result of an ongoing feud between rival gangs, a beef that has been simmering for several weeks and has landed two other persons in the Southern Regional Hospital.  The attack on Luwani and Ernest Mena in the Benguche area is the latest incident and today Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams vowed that stiffer measures will be taken to quell tensions between the warring factions.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“On yesterday’s date, sometime around 7:50 p.m., Dangriga police were called to Yampa Street in Dangriga Town where they observed Luwani Mena, thirty-five-year-old of said address, along with Ernest Mena with apparent gunshot injuries.  They were transported to the Southern Regional Hospital where they have since been treated and both have been released.  What the police know so far is that both persons were on the veranda when a dark complexioned male person came from behind the house, who was masked, and he fired several shots in their direction which caused injuries to both persons. I can say that yes indeed, there has been a number of incidents, a few which have gone unreported but yes indeed, we were also looking at the possibility that it could or may have been a retaliation.  The police have also put measures in place to address this issue and for some time now or at least for over the past two weeks we have been trying to seek out several players whom we believe have been involved in different incidents in Dangriga in order to bring them in for investigative purposes and see where charges can be levied against those persons.”

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Crime-wise, Dangriga is our problem and I have been watching and been in dialogue with the Southern Regional Commander to see what it is they are doing in Dangriga why they are not able to get a handle on these two groups that seemingly believe that they own Dangriga.  And it would appear to me that from a law enforcement standpoint that enough is not being done and so I had another talk this morning with the commander and I have also spoken to Mr. Vidal who is the commander of operations and have given directives in terms of what I want to see done in Dangriga to be able to bring some sense of security back to the people of Dangriga.  And so they will see some changes in terms of the police approach to these gang members in Dangriga and we will come down hard on them and who want to cry foul can cry foul, but when we have people who believe that they can behave like animals and live among us and we must pet them up and pamper them, it is not going to happen.”


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