News spread like wild fire on Saturday that a BDF Staff Sergeant was shot several times allegedly by a Guatemalan poacher. While over the weekend and most of today…there was no official report of the incident despite the press pressing for answers, late this evening the Government of Belize issued a release shedding some light into the incident.
According to GOB, members of the Belize Defense Force detachment who are stationed at the Valentin Camp Conservation Post area in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, were on a routine water supply and administration task at about 4:50 p.m. on Saturday when they came under fire from men armed with rifles. The encounter resulted in four gunshot injuries to the arms and abdomen of Staff Sergeant Richard Lambey, a member of the BDF patrol.
The injured soldier was subsequently transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and he remains in a stable condition.
GOB says that immediately upon receiving the report of the shooting incident, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made contact with senior officials of the Organization of American States and Belize’s Ambassador in Guatemala for them to take necessary action to determine who is responsible for the incident and details on the outcome of the investigation will be released to the public as soon as the report becomes available.
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