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There was a wild and dramatic shootout between police and armed robbers this morning at around 10:45 in the very heart of the city – right at the foot of the Swing Bridge. One of the robbers, a 17 year old is in stable condition and the other is at large while two bystanders – a female and a male were injured in the exchange of fire. It is an event so stunning that it actually defies over-statement. Even in a city that has seen an increasing number of broad daylight armed robberies in the downtown area, the way in which this one played out is completely without precedent. Jim McFadzean was on the scene.

Jim McFadzean Reporting,
This morning’s exchange of gunshots played itself out right in front of the Holy Redeemer Primary School, where one of the gunmen fell to the pavement as a result of gunshot wounds.

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer
“Two armed gunmen entered Accents Giftshop and they proceeded to rob both the customers and the gift shop itself. One of the customers ran out the building and one of the gunmen pursued. While pursuing he opened fire at that person and the person was apparently armed with a licensed firearm and he returned fire. Luckily the police responded and the police were caught in a cross fire with this 17 year old robber who was shot.”

The 17 year old laid there gasping for air as police officers secured the area and waited for the ambulance to arrive. Meanwhile dozens of other officers combed the area for the accomplice.

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood,
“His accomplice apparently managed to escape but the one that was hit on the scene was found with what we believe was the proceeds from the robbery.”

Jim McFadzean,
“Any reason why the young man would have followed in pursuit of supposedly the customer from the store?”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood,
“Well we don’t know. That person tried to escape from the robbery scene and the gunman made a mistake of following him. I think the gun tried to stop him, probably because they were not masked men and they knew that if anyone left that scene they would have been easily identified.”

Jim McFadzean,
“So the exchange of gunfire was between the supposedly customer that the left the store and the gunman?”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood,
“Initial, the initial exchange of gunfire was between both parties but like I said alert officers came around.”

Jim McFadzean,
“Has police been able to identify if the gunshots received by one of the alleged robbers was as a result of the customer’s exchange with him or the exchange between police and the robber?”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood,
“Well the doctor will have to help us on that. Right now he is at the KHMH receiving treatment. Only then we would be able to specify which firearm fired the bullets that injured him.”

Jim McFadzean,
“And why initially the confusion that one of the robbers might have shot himself?”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood,
“That is not a confusion, that is a fact. That robber is still at large. That is the robber that was struggling to remove his firearm from his waist and apparently he is still at large. He managed to escape but we are still seeking him.”

Jim McFadzean,
“So he escaped with injury then?”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood,
“Yes he is believed to be injured because we had seen blood on the scene which would be consistent with someone injured.”

Jim McFadzean,
“Any idea how the other two people got shot, Luis Caceres and Natasha Beaton, who is supposedly an innocent bystander?”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood,
“Well they were passing by, like I said innocent by passers and they got hit by the exchange of crossfire. We cannot say who shot them because we are not sure but I know that Miss Beaton was treated and released and I know that Mr. Caceres was receiving treatment at the KHMH at this time. While Mr. Caceres is saying he was an innocent bystander, we are still trying to ascertain what was his order of business across the street from the scene of the crime.”

Evidence from all the gunshots traded were revealed in the shattered windows of this parked van, and bullet holes that found their way into the walls of the Bottom Dollar store. As has become the norm, in this climate of fear, few eyewitnesses to this daring holdup wanted to share with us what they saw, however, we found one that was willing to tell us what he saw, off camera.

Voice of Eyewitness,
“I saw the police chasing down the teenager down the bridge in front of the Holy Redeemer Church and they were firing shots at him and he had a gun in his hand. He released it out of his hands when he ran down the bridge and then he fell in front of the Holy Redeemer fence. This young teenager was there lying on the ground with gunshots in his leg and lower abdomen. He was held down by a civilian.”

The increasing number of brazen broad daylight shootings have put the police on edge, and this was evident at today’s shootout.

Jim McFadzean,
“Is this now the modus operandi of the police force in responding to these attempted hold-ups?”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood,
“We are not adapting or saying that is the modus operandi but the police have an oath to protect life and property and in this case I would say the police were acting in self-defense, they were protecting both life and property.”

Traffic was snarled for hours at this busy downtown intersection, as parents rushed to the scene to pick up their kids from school. In the aftermath of the event, the entire school of 1,100 students was closed this afternoon as students, teachers, and parents tried to regroup. Reporting for Seven News, I’m Jim McFadzean.
 

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CHANNEL 5's Version


It was a chaotic scene at North Front Street this morning when two robbers jacked Accents Store which also serves as a collection agent for Belize Electricity Limited. When the shots rang out, passers-by scurried for cover and our news team who was on assignment on another story, was at the right place at the right time when the barrage of shots went off in the busy downtown area near the Swing Bridge. News Five captured on camera the terrifying ordeal at around ten thirty this morning. We warn that there are some explicit images of one of the youths, a minor, lying in a pool of his own blood with a severely injured leg after he was shot in a cross-fire with police. Three others were injured. News Five’s Marion Ali has a detailed report.

Marion Ali Reporting,

These were the raw sights and sounds our camera picked up from the vantage point of North Front Street approaching the Belize City Swing Bridge facing the junction with Hyde’s Lane at around ten thirty this morning. The blood seen on the steps in front of Accents Store is from one of the robbers who police say accidentally shot himself as he pulled out his weapon to commit the crime. He ran off leaving behind a trace of blood and remains at large. The other, a seventeen year old minor who allegedly stole over a thousand dollars from Accents Store and a customer inside the store. The customer, who was armed with a licensed handgun, exited the store and opened fire at the fleeing thief. One of the bullets hit him in one of his legs just as he was about to ride off and he was seen dropping his bicycle and running with the injured leg towards Hyde’s Lane. But patrolling police officers who were right around the corner on Queen Street and who had gotten a tip of the robbery, promptly responded and fired at the fleeing suspect, injuring the other leg. He collapsed just over the bridge near Bottom Dollar Store.robbery 4

Our attention was drawn to a first shot and we caught police pursuing the youth who dropped the bike and fled. As we replay the incident, you will notice the alleged robber dropping his beach cruiser in the middle of the street and fleeing over the bridge near Bottom Dollar. A media worker is seen here moving the bike out of the way to allow for the free flow of traffic.

Here is the gun of the apprehended youth allegedly carried. Here he is with two badly injured legs while paramedics prepare to take him to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

A red cap, reportedly worn by his accomplice, lay on the ground and after the hail of bullets expended shells were all over the street. When it was over, all that was left were the robbers’ two bicycles and a crowd that stood in awe stunned at the brazen mid-morning hold up.
 

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Wow sounds confusing and they apparently don't yet know who all the bad guy players are. Even sounds like the reporters are suspicious of the involvement of the CCW holder. Clearly the police are suspicious of the guy that was shot across the street.
 

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The Belize Times

Robbers have proven over and over that they can commit crime wantonly and hardly ever be caught. This morning however, at least for one thief, he was caught both by cops and on camera as he fled the scene, leaving behind his bicycle and a red cap.

The broad daylight jacking took place at Accents Store right next door to Jal’s Travel and Tours at the old Marelco Building on North Front Street. It happened in the peak of the morning rush hour, at 10:30 when children at the nearby Holy Redeemer Primary School were about to resume classes after break-time.

As it turned out, two robbers rode up on separate bicycles and pounced on Accents Store and a businessman who had just completed paying a bill inside the store. But when one of the gunmen tried to produce his weapon, it discharged and the bullet wounded him in the leg. He was still able to flee the scene and police continue to look for him. The other gunslinger, a 17 year old youth was also bad-lucked as he too was shot. He was pursued by both the man he had just jacked inside the store as well as by police officers who were on foot patrol on Queen Street and got word of the robbery in progress. According to reports reaching the Belize Times, during the short chase shots were exchanged between the robber and those chasing him.

When he was searched where he fell, Police recovered over a thousand dollars from his pants. A .38 revolver which they believe he used to rob the store and the customer was found a few feet from him on the street. His bicycle was further down in front of the store where he dropped it after the customer shot him in one of his legs. Just outside the store another bicycle was parked, where his partner in crime fled and left it.

The barrage of shots rang out in the busy Thursday morning bustle near the Swing Bridge and soon a crowd had gathered to see what was happening. And soon it was discovered that two innocent passers-by, 24 year old Luis Caceres and 22 year old Natasha Beaton were wounded in the crossfire. Caceres is recuperating in the KHMH with a bullet wound in the stomach while Beaton, who was running to try to avoid getting shot, was grazed on her right arm near the elbow.

The stir on the busy North Front Street artery caused the school to close its doors for the afternoon because it left many of the students who witnessed it in shock. While Police were lucky to have been on the scene to apprehend one of the robbers the other remains at large, wounded, and possibly still armed and dangerous.
 

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sounds like the CHP holder shot the robber while he was fleeing. that's a big no-no. hope that's not the case. not saying i disagree with a robber getting his just desserts, but a jury might see things differently.
 

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hmm i didn't even realize the location
 

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sounds like the CHP holder shot the robber while he was fleeing. that's a big no-no. hope that's not the case. not saying i disagree with a robber getting his just desserts, but a jury might see things differently.
No need to worry about the jury since it won't make it to court. Cops aren't doubting the CCW's actions.

Belize's gun laws suck but are better than New York City's.
Belize's use of force laws are comparable to that of Texas.

You can shoot fleeing criminals after the crime has been committed as long as you do not kill them, hence why the CCW shot him on the lower leg.

Use of force while the crime is being committed is the same as states like Texas and Florida.
 

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No need to worry about the jury since it won't make it to court. Cops aren't doubting the CCW's actions.

Belize's gun laws suck but are better than New York City's.
Belize's use of force laws are comparable to that of Texas.

You can shoot fleeing criminals after the crime has been committed as long as you do not kill them, hence why the CCW shot him on the lower leg.
good for him. although those are confusing use of force laws. if this kid loses too much blood and dies and it's a result of the GSW, then will charges be brought against the CCW'er? i wouldn't think so since he was justified in shooting, but unclear laws like that make separating legal from illegal anything but straightforward.
 

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