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Nov 29, 2022

Commissioner of Police Says Murder Investigation against Interdicted Policeman Continues

Elvis Polanco

There is still no one charged in connection with the murder of businessman, Elvis Polanco in San Pedro, last weekend. Police had quickly detained one of their own who was hired by the deceased while he is on interdiction from the Belize Police Department. Investigators had felt that the policeman, who was Polanco’s security guard at his bar, was the one who held up Polanco and his common-law wife as they were going home early on the morning of November nineteenth and robbed them of twelve thousand dollars. But no charges were ever laid and the policeman was released. But now Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams feels that there is more that can be had from the ongoing investigation against that interdicted officer and it has to do with the guns that he held custody of.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“We have submitted to the National Forensics Service the firearm that we found at the home of the police, PC Mortis, along with the expended shells that were found at the scene to the National Forensics Service again for ballistics testing. May I also say that you’d know that when you do get a license for a firearm that one of the requirements that we have had is that when you come to license the gun for the first time, we have you discharge the gun and we keep the expended shell for our database. We have also located the expended shells from Mr Mortis’ licensed weapon. So even though he has not cooperated in terms of handing in his licensed weapon, or telling us where it is, we have the expended shells from his weapon. Those expended shells were also sent to the National Forensics Service and they will compare to see if the same gun that fired those shells that we had from his licensed gun is the same gun that fired the shells that were found at the scene, so we are now able to conduct ballistics in respect to the illegal firearm found with him and his licensed firearm that we have not yet found. So we’re hoping that we will be able to get a breakthrough once the ballistics test is returned. We have also submitted the clothing that was taken from the other police officer, and that went to the forensics lab again for D.N.A. testing, along with the blood samples from the deceased as well as blood samples from the wife. If it can be proven that the blood found on his clothing belongs to the wife or the deceased, then again that would help us to be able to build a circumstantial case on the other policeman.”

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