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Posted: Monday, August 23, 2021. 10:16 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Earl Baptist, a 20-year-old resident of Belize City, has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison, after being charged with shooting at a police officer.

Baptist is accused of firing shots at Police Constable Darren Myers, on the evening of July 29, 2021. He was charged with aggravated assault and pleaded not guilty. Due to the nature of the offense, he was denied bail. Baptist is scheduled to return to court on October 1.

Allegations are that while PC Myers was on duty on Ordonez Avenue along with another police officer, he heard several shots coming from the direction of Police Street. Minutes later he reportedly saw Earl Baptist, a man known to him, running from the direction of Ordonez Avenue with a firearm in his right hand.

Myers said he identified himself as a police officer and ordered Baptist to stop and drop the gun; however, he responded by opening fire. Myers and the other officer managed to escape the incident without injury and quick police response lead to Baptist’s detention.

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