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Guatemalan Killed in Police Shootout

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hilux-calla-creekWednesday, 12 July 2017 The Belize Police Department is conducting parallel investigations into an incident which resulted in Guatemalans Ervin Huex and Marlon Portillo being shot by Police. Huex received a wound to the chest and died on the spot, while Portillo was shot in the buttocks and groin area and taken into custody. Because it is an officer-related shooting, the Professional Standards Branch is conducting an internal investigation, while the Benque Police are dealing with the fact that the incident was the result of a robbery by the Guatemalans. The robbery happened on the Chaa Creek Road off the George Price Highway on Saturday afternoon. Edwin Jimenez, 20, was held up by two armed Guatemalan bandits who came out of the bushes while he was driving his father’s black Hilux. The men forced Jimenez out of the vehicle, took the Hilux and tried to escape driving on the Bullet Tree road. Jimenez called his father who alerted other relatives and the Police of the incident. A checkpoint was set up on the Arenal Road and shortly after the vehicle was seen approaching. It allegedly ran the checkpoint and Police set chase. According to Omar Jimenez, on the road to Calla Creek the Police fired at the tire of the vehicle and the men then lost control, crashing it into a fence. Huex and Portillo ran off towards the river and Police set chase. The men fired at Police and they fired back, killing Huex and injuring Portillo. In a briefing on Monday, head of the Professional Standards Branch ACP Chester Williams told the media, “The matter is being investigated by us looking at the internal aspect of it to see whether or not the force used by the Police was justified by law. The San Ignacio police are investigating the criminal aspect of it, dealing with the robbery of the vehicle. More than likely Mr. Portillo will be charged for keeping an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in respect to the firearm found in the vehicle as well as for robbery in respect to the Toyota Hilux. So the matter remains under investigation.” Huex’s body is at the San Ignacio morgue and will be taken to Guatemala. Marlon Portillo is at the San Ignacio Hospital receiving treatment under Police guard. According to reports, Portillo now has a Belizean Attorney who has advised him not to answer questions from the Police. Police found inside the vehicle a .32 revolver with five live rounds of .32 ammunition. It is believed that the firearm used by Huex to shoot at Police was dropped in the river when he was shot.
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