Investigating officers found Bevans’s body face down, apparently already dead with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body, on a side street not far from his home on Louise Bevans Street.
With more here is Precinct 2 Administrative Officer Corporal Jorge Lemus.
“Police received information from the command center of shots being fired in the Jane Usher Boulevard area. As a result, we dispatched out detectives from Precinct No. 2 to MS Street in the Curl Thompson Street area where, upon their arrival, they saw a dark complexion male person lying face down in a pool of blood with what appeared to be several gunshot wounds to the head and body region. The male person was identified as one Patrick Emmanuel Bevans, a 22 year old unemployed, of a Louis Bevans Street address. Our initial investigation has revealed at this me that at 7:00 this morning, Mr. Bevans was walking in the direction of Curl Thompson Street, when a dark complexion male person rode up to him and fired the shots in his direction, fatally wounding him”.
Bevans died on the scene and was transferred to the KHMH morgue. Police recovered some seven 9mm expended shells. Turning to the investigation, police say they are questioning “persons of interest” at this time, but this is the third murder in the immediate vicinity in the last month, following those of Kevin Rodriguez and Anfernee Romero a few weeks ago. Are they possibly related? Lemus responds.
Corporal Jorge Lemus: “At this time, the detectives of Precinct 2 are trying to connect the dots to say which incidents are linked to each other”.
Family members have claimed that the shooting was possibly linked to a “takeover” attempt by a rival gang or base. The Department says it will do its best to stamp that out.
Corporal Jorge Lemus: “We are at this time, dealing we those intelligence and we are putting things in place to try to get to the bottom of this whole situation in the Jane Usher Boulevard area”.
Similar patrols have been established in the Collet area and behind Lake Independence with orders to quell the resurgent violence which has now claimed seven lives in ten days.
Bevans was shot by members of the Belize Special Assignment Group (BSAG) on January 12 after first attempting to run from them and then, when he was cornered, grabbing a soldier’s weapon and refusing to let it go until he was shot.
Bevans was recuperating from the injury and was said to be walking home from a grocery shop when his assailants snuck up on him from behind.