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Jul 2, 2020

Burrell Boom Villager Shoots His Brother-in-Law; Was it Self-Defense?

Roy Gabourel

Police are investigating the case of a man who was shot dead in rural Belize. The report is that it started out as a case of domestic dispute between a husband and wife. But the husband, the alleged aggressor, was armed with a machete and was outside of his in-law’s property after his wife had called on her brother for help.  It ultimately ended in a fatal shooting and tonight, the brother-in-law of the deceased is in police custody. Was it self-defense? That’s left to be seen, but what we know is that police haven’t put a label on this matter – rather it is a death investigation. Here’s the story, with relatives who shared what transpired.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Fifty-six-year-old Roy Fitzgerald Gabourel lost his life shortly before two this morning at the hands of his brother-in-law Dylon Flowers. It happened on Reservoir Road in Burrell Boom Village. This killing followed a report of domestic violence, where Denise Gabourel called her brother Dylon Flowers, to report that her husband Roy Gabourel lashed her with a machete and threatened to kill her. Her brother Dylon Flowers lives next door – and he was reportedly going over to see what had happened when he encountered Gabourel wielding a machete on his property. Reports are that Flowers fired a warning shot with his licensed firearm but Gabourel allegedly advance on him and shots were fired which killed Gabourel. A sister-in-law of the Denise Gabourel and Dylon Flowers lives next door – she says the gunshots woke her up.


Voice of: Sister-in-law of Dylon Flowers

“Well, we woke up to five gunshots and my husband and I went to look and we saw Devin outside and his father-in-law was with him and we knew something must have happened.  He went with a machete after his wife and I don’t blame Devin for shooting him. I would say he could have just bruised him and not kill him, but it is kind of a relief because now he is not coming back and there won’t be anymore of that.”


Eden Crichton, Dylon Flowers’s cousin and long time friend of Roy Gabourel, says from all accounts, Dylon Flowers was defending his life, as well as his father’s.


Eden Crichton

Eden Crichton, Cousin of Dylon Flowers

“It is not a situation in defense of his sister from what I have seen. It is a situation in defense of himself and his father who were with the brother-in-law at the time. He is the brother and the sister had called out for help whilst simultaneously calling the police. Or I believe she called the brother to call the police. So, they called the police and some minutes after that they heard something outside and I guess when they went outside of the property this is what they were confronted with, a man charging onto them with a machete. If we know the father, he is in his sixties and he has mobility issues so he cannot move as fast as you and I. He was somewhere in the immediate vicinity between the deceased and Dylon Flowers.”


Crichton says it a matter that could have gone terribly wrong for more than one person this morning – he says that Flowers had to make a decision, a tough one that pains the family , but perhaps a necessary one.


Eden Crichton

“It could have gone either way. I could have gone whereby the son had left himself and either himself or his dad could have been fatally wounded or the way how it actually happened. That is the way how it happened and you could look at somebody that you have known for over thirty-odd years and you know a man who has always been mild tempered; good character; always calm, responsible, and respectful in the light of a responsible firearm holder, a law abiding citizen decisive – and you go back and analyze the situation as to the story that you were told and look at the evidence that is there, you say mien it is a rough situation to be put in. It is a decision that somebody had to have been decisive in making and he has been that victim of that situation.  He had to make that judgment on point. Had he not done that I believe the situation would have been different and somebody else or two of them would have been injured, dead or we don’t know what the situation would have been.”


Roy Gabourel, from several accounts, was as a troubled person. He has struggled with some personal issues and was at times a nuisance to the wider community. And then there are the reports of domestic disputes at his home for a number of years. Here’s what the relatives shared.


Dylon Flowers

Andrea Polanco

“Have you ever seen him be particularly violent?”


Voice of: Sister-in-law of Dylon Flowers

“Oh he has been violent a lot of times. He has threatened me and the whole flowers family. Before that he was a nice man and he helped the family but afterwards he started to get like that. He even told me himself that he went to a witch.”


Andrea Polanco

“Did he and that brother-in-law have any issues?”


Voice of: Sister-in-law of Dylon Flowers

“They used to be good friends; like best friends and something happened because Roy changed.”


Denise Gabourel

Eden Crichton

“In the earlier years of my life I have happy memories with Roy. He has always been a fun, loving person and when I went back to the village I haven’t seen that same person I remembered. I can say he has become unsociable.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, Denise certainly shared that there was abuse in that home?”


Eden Crichton

“Well, her exact words were, “You know what Eden, sometimes we look from the outside and what we see from the outside and what we see from the outside is not what one is experiencing from the inside.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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