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Shots fired at Mayor Khalid Belisle’s Home Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00

Just around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018, shots rang out in the Cohune Walk Area in Belmopan City. The victim of the attack was Mayor of Belmopan, Khalid Belisle, and while he himself was not hurt, his house was shot at. There were at least 4 bullet holes in the walls of his home and another four in a car which was parked in front of the mayor’s home. Eight expended shells were recovered from the scene but have not yet led to any arrests or motive.

According to Mayor Belisle, he and his fiancée had retired for the night just 30 minutes before when they were awoken by 4 loud bangs. “My fiancée and I were upstairs… and we heard four loud bangs, at least that’s what I could count.  Those bangs jerked us out of our sleep pretty much instantaneously.” After being awoken, the mayor proceeded to the area where he believed the noises to have come from but did not see anything or anyone. He then informed a colleague, a councilor who resides just a few blocks away, and others via WhatsApp and they had all heard the shots.

People came over to offer assistance and that is when the damage on his fiancée’s car were noticed but the mayor assumed they were the cause of a harmless bump. It was not until the morning when someone was called to repair a flat tire that the bullet holes were pointed out in the car’s tire. It was then that the police were called to the scene and were showed 6 expended shells found by the mayor and his colleagues. The police found an additional two, taking the number up to 8 shells.

What remains puzzling is why anyone would want to commit such an act against the mayor. It was proposed by a reporter that the possible cause might be the recent situation with the squatters but Mayor Belisle soon dismissed that idea stating that the squatters were understanding and realized that what they were doing was illegal. “We as a council worked as best we could with several of them to assist them in the dismantling and assisted them in transportation of the materials that they managed to recover to wherever it was that they would hopefully reconstruct or to a place of safekeeping.”

Whatever the case may be, the mayor is focused on enforcing security at his home. Not too far away from his home sits a police booth but, according to the mayor, has been out of operation and remains in urgent need of repair.

At a press briefing on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, besides other topics, commented on the incident. He expressed his surprise when he heard of the incident saying that given Mayor Belisle’s nature it is hard to believe that someone would want to harm him in anyway.