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BREAKING: Police in Orange Walk pursuit did not have body cam turned on; expended shells found

Posted: Monday, March 27, 2023. 3:39 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes, Belmopan: Lead investigator into the death of Dyandre Chee on Saturday night in Orange Walk Town, Deputy Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch, Superintendent of Police Gerald Jones, has revealed that eight expended shells of .223 and two of nine-millimetre calibre were found in the area of Liberty Avenue and Palmar Boundary Road as well as near the supermarket on Riverside Street following the fatal pursuit.

Chee was found to have been shot in the back as well as in the stomach after being pursued.

Additionally, the investigation found that the officer leading the pursuit had not turned on their body cam, which is a clear breach of policy set by the Department. Body cams, when in use, except in certain sensitive situations, must be turned on at all times.

As to the nine-millimetre shells, Police are still investigating which weapons they may have been fired from, but interviews conducted by police have not yet established whether shots were fired at the QRT team. The working theory is that they may have heard the backfire of a motorcycle geared down which may sound like gunfire.

The four officers involved remain detained pending continued investigation. But the Commissioner is personally satisfied for now that the force used by the officers appears excessive “and ought not to have happened.”

ASP Alejandro Hernandez, Head of the Development and Compliance Unit said that several human rights violations may have been committed without going into details. These are still being investigated as part of the overall investigation with the support of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The purpose of the pursuit was likely a suspicion due to recent use of motorcycles in shooting incidents in town.

 

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