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June 20th 2016, 3:23 p.m CST

generic-shooting-graphicBy BBN Staff: The busy streets of Belize City came to a halt after the sound of gun shots rang off on Queen Street; in front of the Precinct 3 police station on Friday morning.

Initial investigations have revealed that 34-year-old Corporal Alrick Arnold, attached to the prosecution branch, Eastern Division Belize City, was walking on Queen Street heading to the Precinct 3 station and as he was about 12-feet away from the main gate of the compound, he saw a male person pointing a firearm at another person that was walking in the opposite direction. Arnold immediately pulled out his service 9-millimeter pistol and fired shots at the gunman who returned fire hitting him in the left side of chest.

The perpetrator then ran towards the swing bridge while an exchange of gun fire occurred. As a result, several police officers set chase behind the perpetrator and he was quickly apprehended in front of the Community Drugs Store located on Albert Street.
Because of the age of the minor no name can be revealed but he is said to be a 15-year-old boy from a Belize City address.

He was found with a 9-millimeter Glock pistol with eight live rounds of ammunition in his waist pants.

During the exchange of gunfire 34-year-old Graciela Castillo received a gunshot wound to the left calf, 46-year-old Elroy Saldano received a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest and 24-year-old Kean Smith was grazed to the left elbow. Both females were treated and released. The two men remain in stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

During the exchange of fire several vehicles were also damaged.

The minor has been charged for the offenses of “kept ammunition without a gun license” and “kept firearm without a gun license.”

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