Authorities on the island of Ambergris Caye are investigating a burglary and an attempted robbery that resulted in a man being shot and killed. The victim has been identified as 24 year old Michael Wallace, unemployed of a San Juan address in San Pedro Town. Preliminary police report indicates that Wallace was one of three persons that attempted to rob a fellow islander when he was shot and killed.
The Sun Newspaper reported that according to the Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit and the San Pedro Police Formation Superintendent of Police Luis Castellanos, the incident happened sometime after 10:30pm on Sunday January 19th with a robbery attempt. 24-year old Kirian Azueta, an accountant of Marina Drive reported to police that while he was going into his residence three people approached him as he got out of his golf cart to open his gate. They held him up at gun point and in the process one of the robbers fired a shot at him. Azueta then took out his licensed gun and returned fire.
According to the preliminary police investigation, Azueta was approached by two of the three perpetrators who came out from the nearby bushes dressed in disguises and hoodies and wielding a 9MM pistol. Azueta told police that the person with the gun was of fair complexion. The other person was dressed in a white “hood” type sweater, had a rag over his mouth and was unarmed. According to Azueta, the male person with the black “hood” then reportedly pointed the gun in his face and told him not to move and not to reach for his gun and at the same time the armed assailant fired a shot at him but missed.
Azueta claims that he then managed to pull out his firearm and returned several shots at the male person with the gun after which he ran to his neighbors’ house and called the police. Wallce received a gunshot wound to the right upper arm pit, two to the right upper under arm pit, and 1 to the left rib cage. He was pronounced dead at 9:50AM on January 20th, 2014 by Dr. Javier Zuniga at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II.
Police recovered one (1) .9mm black pistol with empty magazine from Michael Wallace and (1) licensed .9mm Luger brand pistol along with (6) .9mm live rounds from the complainant along with his gun license. Azueta has since been interviewed by police but has not been detained as police are treating the incident as self-defense. While Wallace was no stranger to the law, police investigations continue.
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