Investigators are waiting to charge a Belize City teenager with firearm offenses. The thirteen-year-old boy is currently admitted to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after being shot to the legs by police officers on Saturday evening. He was shot because police say, that the thirteen-year-old pointed a .38 chrome special revolver at officers who were responding to a tip concerning a suspicious person. Hipolito Novelo has the story.
Police say that a 13 year old Belize City boy pointed a .38 revolver at officers as he was attempting to flee. The incident happened on Saturday evening, fortunately for the Police Officers the teenager did not fire but the officers did.
Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB Belize City: He turned to the Police and pointed a firearm in their direction as a result one of the officers fired at him and hit him on his legs.
Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino says that Police Officers received information of a suspicious unarmed person lurking on Love St. but when that person saw the Police he attempted to escape.
Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB Belize City: As a result the team visited the location and made their way to the location and upon arrival they observed a male individual fitting the description. Upon seeing the Police he proceeded to elude the Police and he rode down on Sea Gull street and went up contrary to traffic on Raccoon St.
The .38 Revolver was retrieved; it was loaded with five live rounds, the teenager remains under Police guard at the KHMH where he is listed in a stable condition.
Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB Belize City: As soon as he is discharged, he will be charged formally with possession of a unlicensed firearm and ammunition and aggravated assault.
Inspector Ferrufino says investigators have not confirmed if the teenager had any intentions of committing any serious crime with the .38 Revolver. Reporting for a Love News Hipolito Novelo.