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Oct 15, 2021

Cop Flees Accident Scene in Corozal, Gets Shot in Sugar City

A police constable attached to the Gang Intelligence, Investigation and Interdiction Unit, or the GI3, for short, is hospitalized tonight after being shot by fellow law enforcement officers on Thursday evening in Orange Walk. The incident which came on the heels of a fender-bender in Corozal Town sometime earlier that evening, raises more questions than the Belize Police Department is able to answer at the moment. Notwithstanding simultaneous investigations being conducted, including an internal inquiry by the Professional Standards Branch, the information shared by Police Constable Wayne Dawson conflicts with the official report that has been released to the media.  In a bedside statement recorded by PC Dawson, he says that he was in Corozal to assist a colleague with the purchase of a vehicle and was on his way to fuel up at a nearby gas station when he was rear-ended by a female motorist.  When an officer responded to the scene of the accident, Dawson claims he became suspicious that the policeman and the driver of the vehicle that collided into him were scheming to extort him out of money. But instead of identifying himself as a fellow lawman, Dawson stepped on the gas and headed to Orange Walk where he came under gunfire from another team of officers who were there to intercept him. We begin our coverage of the shooting with Dawson’s testimony which has been shared courtesy of Belize News Network.

 

PC Wayne Dawson

PC Wayne Dawson, Shooting Victim

“Dis da my side ah di story before ah cyant seh it again.  I mi di assist wahn colleague fu buy wahn vehicle da Corozal and when going to the gas station, I was hit from behind by a vehicle over a hundred yards away.  The person just accidentally run up into the backa me.  I had enough time to turn in and this person just speed up and knock me and fi mek matters worse, di corporal weh mi di deal with the case, he look like he mi know di person and I noh know weh kinda hustle dehn mih wahn do but he and di lady di gang up pan me and di tell me that da my fault and I must just pay because I got wahn new vehicle, my insurance could pay.  And I di tell dehn dat he noh even do wahn proper investigation yet, he just come under the pretext that I’m at fault.  This person mi deh far away and she speed up and run into di backa me just fi hustle money because dehn sih da wahn new vehicle, di corporal and the lady and I felt like I mi di get railroaded, like dehn had some kinda plan going on, so I left di area.  I mi di try go to somewhere familiar because I noh know weh kinda scheme dehn had going on.  So I head to Belize City and on my way to Belize City, like eena di outskirts ah Orange Walk wahn police mobile started approaching me with lights on but I mi prefer stop within city limits, within town limits because I noh know what da dehn plan fi do with me out deh.  When di vehicle finally come to wahn stop eena di town, eena Orange Walk Town, I realize I had wahn firearm pan me and I was about to declare it when one ah di police holla gun and he run back way and they started opening fire pan me.  Dehn shoot dehn own.  When di bullet ketch me eena my back, my finger press di trigga eena di vehicle and my gun gone off but the shots keep coming from the back so I throw down di gun because I know dehn mi wahn try she dat da me.”


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