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Nov 30, 1998

Guatemalan killed at the border

A shootout at the Western Border has left a Guatemalan man dead. Police say nineteen year old Gustavo Adolpho Gonzalez a laborer from Barrio Los Flores, Melchor was shot and killed four hundred meters from the Belize border early Saturday morning. Police say Guatemalan authorities had alerted them that a suspect in a shooting in Melchor de Mencos may have crossed the border. When the patrol team comprised of Belize police and B.D.F. approached the area they say they saw a man hiding in the bushes. They claim he fired at them and they fired back. A second man then reportedly came out of the bushes dressed in military clothing and fired at the team with a M-16 rifle. The second assailant escaped while Gonzalez received a fatal gunshot wound to the upper chest. Police say they retrieved a nine millimeter and twenty-two caliber pistol at the scene. A joint investigation between Belize and Melchor police is underway.

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