Thursday, September 25, 2014. PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: A shooting incident this morning at the Caracol Archaeological site in the Cayo district has left one man dead.
Danny Conorquie, 20, a Special Constable assigned to the Belize Tourism Police Unit, was fatally wounded when he was fired upon by two men of Hispanic descent.
According to a government statement issued late today, the men opened fire on Conorquie near the main temple in full view of several tourists and tour operators.
After the shooting the men fled the scene into nearby bushes.
Conorquie, originally from Georgeville village, was rushed to the San Ignacio town hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The government statement says that additional security personnel have been deployed to the Caracol Archaeological site to ensure the safety of visitors who frequent the area.
It ends by saying that “every effort is being made to bring those responsible to justice.”
A witness to the incident told Belize Media Group that Police Constable Montepeque bravely rushed to the aid of his fallen colleague and was engaged in an exchange of gunfire with the murderers.
Although the government statement said there were two men on horseback, the witness, who works as a tour guide, says there were three Hispanic men, believed to be Guatemalan nationals.
At least one of the assailants, who was armed, emerged from the bushes, shot Conorquie, took his weapon and then fled the scene while exchanging gunfire with the other police officer who came to the aid of his fallen colleague.
At the time of the fatal shooting, there were about 15 tourists and 5 tour guides at the site.
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