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Friday, 01 September 2017 00:00

Rudolph Williams Jr., a 39 year-old Customs Officer of Orange Walk Town, has been charged with manslaughter for the shooting death of 30 year-old Dwayne Almendarez.

Readers will remember that high-profile shooting that happened on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at around 4:45 p.m. A customs officer and BDF soldiers attempted to stop a bus traveling through Yo Creek Village in the Orange Walk District. It was coming from Santa Cruz, a well-known contraband community that borders Botes, the Mexican Village where all the contraband goods are bought.

The customs officer tried to confiscate contraband found on the bus. That caused a confrontation between the officer and Dwayne Almendarez, during which other passengers on the bus threw rocks at the law enforcement officers.

Almendarez, is caught on cell phone footage confronting the officers in an aggressive manner. That’s when a warning shot was allegedly fired, but the officer says that he did not back down. Instead he allegedly aggressed the officer, who says that he felt he had to protect his life. So, he shot Almendarez once to the chest, twice in the stomach, and once to the leg. He was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital, and later to the KHMH.

He died  4 days later from complications caused by those gunshot injuries.

After investigating the case for 2 weeks, police from Orange Walk arrested and charged Rudolph Williams Jr with the crime of manslaughter. He was arraigned at the Orange Walk Magistrates Court on Wednesday, August 30. He was released on bail of $5,000, and he must return to court on September 21, 2017.