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Apr 15, 2014

Santa Barbara resident gets bail following shootout with the police

Marquin Drury

Attorney Bryan Neal was able to secure Supreme Court bail for Marquin Drury, a resident of Santa Barbara Street in Belize City, who police alleged fired shots at them back in March. The firearm, however, was never found in the vehicle that Drury was driving. Drury was arraigned on March thirty-first for two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm upon two police officers and was on remand. In bail application hearing today, Neal argued two grounds; firstly that Drury was never found in possession of the firearm and secondly, that at the time police detained him, he was at home and nowhere near the scene of the incident. Justice Adolph Lucas granted Drury bail of seven thousand five hundred dollars, but conditions are that he is to report to the Queen Street Police Station every Tuesday until his case is disposed of and that he is not to interfere with the virtual complainants or witnesses for the prosecution. Drury was also ordered by Justice Lucas to make sure he appears at all his court adjournments before the lower court. His next court date is set for for May twenty-ninth 2014.

On the day Drury was detained, police say that a maroon in color Astro Chevrolet van was involved in a series of shootings that started on East Collet Canal when a taxi driver was shot and rushed to the K.H.M.H. Police then pursued the van into the St. Martins Area. A police squad attempted to intercept a heavily-tinted van as it approached the Belize District Education Center where officers were seen jumping out of their vehicle and unleashing a barrage of bullets in the direction of the suspect van. When the driver pulled into this yard on Santa Barbara Street, he was arrested by officers.

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