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Aug 4, 2008

Ladyville man is shot dead by police

Story PictureA Ladyville construction worker is dead tonight following a shooting on Regent Street just before noon on Sunday. Forty-nine year old Alexander Herrera died around four-thirty this afternoon and it was cops who fired the fatal shots. But there are contradictory reports on this incident, the official version and the account from the family.

The official line is that a police officer, whose identity is being kept under the lid, saw Herrera walking across Regent Street with a black handgun. The unnamed officer said he identified himself to Herrera who in turn pointed the weapon at him. The police further reports that another officer arrived at the scene and fired a single shot at Herrera. According to the police report, Herrera then jumped into the river in the vicinity of the Swing Bridge and swam across the Haulover Creek to a boat that was moored nearby. The construction worker was detained shortly after and the officers report that upon noticing Herrera had a wound to the head, they transported him to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The account from the family is another story; primarily because they say Herrera was shot more than once.

Peter Herrera, Brother of the Victim
“What we know about my brother is that he have two bullets lodged in his brain, one of them is lodged between the skull and brain and another one is lodged about three quarters way from back to front and he also have two other lodged in his body. All the bullets enter my brother from the back; two from the back of his head; that’s the two that went into his brain and two, one from back left shoulder and one of them from the back, almost from the centre of the back.”

Oneyda Flores
“What did the Police say occurred to him, who shot him?”

Peter Herrera
“The police have several stories. I counted between six to eight stories that the police told me happened to him and the news report I heard today definitely is not consistent with the report I picked up, because I’ve been on this since three o clock this morning and I talked to two witness that was there and it’s a completely different story from what the news report that the police put out. This, to me, is a clear case of police abuse. I, first of all, have to state that I was not there but I am working with the evidence that I have. The evidence speaks for themselves, all the wounds he have is in his back, the two bullets lodged in his brain entered his body from the back of his head. The two bullets that are in his body entered his body from his back. So that’s clear to me that he had his back turned away from the police. As I know my brother, he is not the kind of person to carry a gun, he don’t own a gun.”

According to the accounts that Peter received, Herrera and his friend came from Long Caye to pick up supplies, but before going back to the boat they decided to get some hotdogs from a vendor at Regent Street. That’s when the police passed and saw an intoxicated Herrera and proceeded to search him. According to Peter, with the police in hot pursuit, Herrera headed to the boat, jumped into the river and this was when he was shot several times. Herrera’s family says they are not satisfied with the Police reports and will be taking legal recourses to find justice. This evening the Police Press Officer says an investigation has been launched into the incident.

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