Guatemalan Man shot in Chiquibul Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

Last week, the Friends of Conservation and Development issued a release highligthing the pressures the that Chiquibul Forest Reserve is under as Guatemalan poachers continue to infringe on the natural resources in the area. Because of these infringements, there has been an increase in patrols in the area and by extension, an increase in contact between the patrols and Guatemalans who make their way into Belizean territory.

Another such encounter has left a Guatemalan man injured and receiving treatment at the Western Regional Hospital. Authorities report that at around 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 3rd, BDF officers were on patrol, in they Chiquibul Forest Reserve some two miles within Belizean territory. During the patrol they officers discovered a plantation and a thatch structure in the Caballo Camp area. While securing the area, a Hispanic man was seen approaching on a brown horse with a firearm. He was ordered to stop; however, the man ran into the nearby bushes. Two warning shots were fired and the man turned around and returned several shots at the patrol. As a result, the patrol returned fire injuring the man. First aid assistance was rendered to the man, who was identified as 27-year-old Edgar Alexander Sacasa, a Guatemalan of Picalito Village. He was escorted out of the area but due to the terrain and weather conditions, they were unable to transport him to a medical institution until Tuesday morning when he was taken to the Western Regional Hospital.  He is listed in stable condition and is under Police guard.

Investigations have since been launched at this most recent shooting incident. So far, police have indicated that they found a .22 rifle with a magazine containing 11 live rounds of ammunition on Sacasa. A search of the area where Sacasa led to the discovery of 2 expended .22 shells.

On Wednesday, June 5th, Police, BDF, Personnel from the Guatemalan Embassy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Organization of American States left Camp Belizario enroute to Chiquibul forest reserve to visit the scene where Sacasa was shot.