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Mar 27, 2009

Jealousy may be have been motive for cop’s murder

Story PictureTwo murders that happened earlier this week remain unresolved. Police have detained one person and are looking for other persons of interest in connection with the shooting death of Police Constable Wiener Denis. Denis was shot dead in the Salvapan area of Belmopan around two twenty-five on Thursday afternoon; he had just left home and was riding his bicycle when he was fatally shot. And today police were searching for the motive behind his murder. Marion Ali reports from Belmopan.

Marion Ali, Reporting
The Police Department’s flag at the Belmopan headquarters was flying at half mast today in respect of one of their own, twenty-six year old Police Constable Wiener Denis who was shot dead on Thursday. The officer was enjoying a day off from work when someone pounced on him, robbing him of the chance of ever seeing his second child enter this world.

Marion Ali
“Reports are that P.C. Denis had just left his home on Suriname Street and was riding here on Cemetery Road when a man riding another bicycle behind him shot him. Denis, it is reported, dropped his bicycle and ran to that nearby bakery behind me for help. Police say the motive for his killing is still uncertain.”

Superintendent Aaron Guzman, Crimes Investigations Branch
“We have one person in custody. That person was picked up yesterday evening and we are following through with the investigation.”

Marion Ali
“What’s the relation between himself and Mr. Denis?”

Supt. Aaron Guzman
“There’s no relation, as far as we know, between him and Mr. Denis.”

Voice of Marilyn Denis, Sister of Murdered Policeman
“We hear rumors, so many rumors, so I don’t really know what happened.”

But News Five understands from residents of the area that Denis was killed by a jealous man because Denis had grown friendly with that man’s girlfriend. And while that may only be a rumor, police are depending on residents of the area to help them crack the case.

Supt. Aaron Guzman
“We need to take a look at ourselves and realize that a case is not solved on its own and it is not solved solely by the police because rarely it is incidents occur when police are present so it is that we need for persons who may have seen something to give their statement so that we can make a proper case.”

Meanwhile, family members of the fallen officer are still in shock over what has happened.

Voice of Marilyn Denis
“I don’t know that he had enemies, so I don’t know nothing. I just know that my brother is gone and that he’s gone forever. I won’t see him again. I just saw him Wednesday and by Thursday he’s already dead and it’s very unbelievable. I still cannot believe that my brother is dead.”

P.C. Denis will be laid to rest on Monday. Reporting for News Five, Marion Ali.

Police have recovered a nine millimeter expended shell from the scene.

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