Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019. 11:03 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) of the Belize Police Department is under fire again – this time for firing (non-lethally) at a Burrell Boom resident and killing a dog during a property search.
The tactical unit, according to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, was looking for someone wanted for questioning in connection with the recent murder of Aaron Baptist.
The man, identified as Dean Cain, has told the Amandala newspaper that he was shot at while having his hands up.
But according to Commissioner Williams, based on a briefing from the search team, Cain was running away from officers and they shot non-lethal bullets to “get control of a situation.”
As for the dog, the officers involved say it was let loose on them by someone and was put down.
The Commissioner says they were responding to Burrell Boom residents’ complaints about activities in the village and acting to defend them against the criminals.
Cain was detained, questioned and released due to lack of sufficient evidence against him and the Baptist murder investigation continues. We understand that the Gang Suppression Unit agreed to take care of his medical bills at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
But the Commissioner concluded, “I will say without any apology that we are going to continue to go hard at those persons who we believe are trying to turn the peaceful communities into what they want it to be.”
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