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Police zeroing in on one of their own as suspect in Elvis Polanco murder

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2022. 10:43 pm CST.

Photo Credit: The San Pedro Sun

By Aaron Humes: He has by now been released from custody, but police consider one of their own the chief suspect in the murder of his boss, a bar owner, over the Garifuna Settlement Day weekend and are setting about proving it.

Elvis Polanco and his common-law wife were ambushed and assaulted on their way home on November 19, with Polanco shot dead and his partner injured.

Police almost immediately detained an officer currently on interdiction and a former member of the Department, who were security guards at Polanco’s bar. The serving cop faced a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm but police investigators have been unable to locate his service-issued weapon.

But on Monday, Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police, announced the dispatch of a Major Crimes team to Ambergris to further probe into the “solvable” matter.

Evidence currently hinges on ballistics and other forensic testing as Commissioner Williams explained: “…we have submitted to the national forensic service the firearm that was found in the home of the police PC Mortis along with the expended shells that were found at the scene to the national forensic service again for ballistic testing. One of the requirements that we have had is that when you come to license the gun for the first time, we have you discharge the gun and we keep the expended shell for our database. We have also located the expended shells from [the accused officer’s]’ licensed weapon. So even though he has not cooperated in terms of handing in his licensed weapon or telling us where it is, we have the expended shells from his weapon and so those expended shells were also sent to the national forensic service and they will compare it to see if the same gun that fired those shells that we had from his licensed gun is the same gun that fired the shells that were found at the scene. So, we are hoping that we will be able to get a breakthrough once the ballistic test returned. We have also submitted the clothing that was taken from the other police officer and that went to the forensic lab for DNA testing. If it can be proven that the blood found on his clothing belong to either the wife or the deceased, then again that will help us to be able to build a circumstantial case on the other policeman.”

As for the latest black eye these men’s actions have caused for Police, the Commissioner says that due process is required in order to eliminate the bad seeds: “I would hope that the public would be comforted to know that we are doing our best to solve it, one, and two, the officer was not on actual duty in that he was on interdiction which would indicate that we have already identified him as a bad seed. Sometimes I wish that we could just dismiss these types of people, but the law requires that we must go through a process and we have to follow the law and that’s what we are doing.”


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