Police Officers Detained for Shooting of 19 Year Old

vlcsnap-2014-06-04-18h06m33s214vlcsnap-2014-06-04-18h07m31s29On Monday, May 26th, 19 year old Elston Arnold, resident of Unitedville, Cayo, was reportedly shot in the back by police for no apparent reason.

19 year old Elston has since been recovering from a surgery to remove the pellet from his back.

Cayo Police launched an internal investigation, and today, we learned that four police officers are now in detention awaiting an identification parade which was to take place sometime this evening. Inspector Raymundo Reyes, Deputy Officer in Commanding of Cayo Police told us more:

vlcsnap-2014-06-04-18h03m41s129Inspector Raymundo Reyes-Deputy Officer in Commanding of Cayo Police

“Sometime around 3:30 p.m., we managed to receive the instructions or the directives of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and as a result, four Police Officers that were on that patrol on the day of the incident, they have been called to the San Ignacio Police Station, where they have been questioned by the investigating officer and they have been informed that he police has intentions to place them on an identification parade, which they have agreed to and we are in the process of doing so here in the San Ignacio Police Station”.

Reporter Emanuel Pech:  “How many Officers in all were detained today?”

Inspector Reymundo Reyes:  “We have four persons at the station”.

vlcsnap-2014-06-04-18h51m33s0In the mean time there is a case of missing pellets. According to police information, the pellet that was extracted from Elston Arnold, was placed in the care of a nurse who has since gone on leave.  Efforts are now being made to retrieve the 12 cage plastic shotgun ammunition.

Inspector Reymundo Reyes:  “I personally spoke to the secretary of the administrator today, and I am still awaiting for a call from the office to see  when I could proceed because tomorrow I will be in Belmopan and I plan to do a visit to the hospital”.

Reporter Emanuel Pech:  “How crucial this piece of evidence is to the prosecution?”

Inspector Reymundo Reyes:  “At this moment, I would don’t want to discuss that part of the case.  That would come up at the day of trial”.

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