Screen_Shot_2016-09-15_at_7.59.25_PMA suspected robber is currently recuperating at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital tonight after a custom officer shot him inside his yard here in Orange Walk sometime after 8:00 last night. According to reports, the custom officer parked his vehicle inside his yard and while walking towards the main gate of his property, he encountered two male persons standing inside his yard, one who was in possession of a firearm and pointing it towards him.

Inspector Jose Mendez – Orange Walk Branch Commanding Officer

“Yesterday evening, police responded to a call on a shooting incident in the Belize/Corozal road where 43 year old Custom Officer, Jose Luis Acevedo reported to the police that a male individual while he was at his residence in his yard a male individual approached his gate and noticed that the male person had a firearm and aiming to attempt upon seeing his actions ran into his yard tumbled down and manage to grab his 9mm licensed firearm and fired one single shot after the individual which caught him in his leg.”

But this is not the first time that Acevedo is targeted, back in July of this year the 34 year old was driving on the Western Highway heading to his home in Hope Creek village when upon slowing down at a speed bump, a man emerged from the side of the road and shot at him, hitting him once to the shoulder. Orange Walk Police are currently conducting a thorough investigation to determine if the incidents are somehow linked.

Inspector Jose Mendez – Orange Walk Branch Commanding Officer

“Presently it is in its initial stage and we are still looking at all angles to see if it is one way or the other related to this same incident but we don’t have any motive at this moment.”

21-year-old Nigel Galvez of Toucan Street, Belmopan who sustained a gunshot wound to the hip is currently undergoing treatment at the KHMH under police guard. He is expected to be charged for Aggravated assault upon being released from the hospital.

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