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Aug 3, 2020

Taxi Man Shot, Thrown from Cab

Hilberto Romero

A taxi operator remains in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he was shot to the head by his fare here in the City. On Sunday, Walter Staine was driving on North Front Street when it is believed that a passenger in his taxi fired a single shot to his head. He was later thrown on the vehicle. A police officer in the area responded and fired shots, but the shooter escaped in the taxi, which was later discovered abandoned on south side Belize City. Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero says the investigation has not ascertained whether robbery was the motive of the shooting.


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

“Police responded to a shooting incident on North Front Street, Belize City. Upon arrival, they learnt that the victim had been taken to the K.H.M.H.  Police visited the K.H.M.H. where they found Walter Staine, forty-five years Belizean taxi driver with gunshot wound to the head. Investigation revealed that Walter Staine was driving his taxi on North Front Street when a single gunshot was heard and he was thrown out of the vehicle. A police officer was in the area and responded and attempted to assist the victim and fired shots towards the fleeing vehicle, which sped away. The vehicle was later found on Far West Street. The victim remains at the K.H.M.H. in a critical condition.”

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