Guatemalan national shot by Belizean patrol officer in the Chiquibul Forest

Guatemalan national 27 year old Edgar Alexander Sacasa was shot on Monday afternoon by a Belizean patrol officer in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. A team of patrol officers stumbled upon a plantation and a thatch structure in the Caballo camp area and while they were securing the area, Sacasa came upon them. He was on a horse and he was carrying a firearm. Authorities say they ordered him to stop, but Sacasa ran off into nearby bushes. Patrol officers say they fired two warning shots and Sacasa fired several shots back at them. The patrol team subsequently returned fire, and Sacasa was hit four times – twice to the upper back and once to the lower back and the left elbow. He also had a large bruise to the back. First aid assistance was rendered to him and he was escorted out of the area. However, due to the terrain and weather conditions, they were unable to transport him to a medical institution, that is until yesterday morning, when he was transported to the Western Regional Hospital in critical condition. Doctors say he is improving and is presently stable and under Police Guard.

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