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Efrain Baltazar Martinez

Chopping suspect surrendered to the COMPOL

Elmer Salazar, a Guatemalan National was chopped and killed after a brief argument with Efrain Baltazar Martinez. Baltazar Martinez was previously employed at the Belize Marine and Mooring Services and the police say he started an argument with the employees on the site and singled out Salazar to chop. The officer in charge of CIB says that Baltazar Martinez handed himself to the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams.

ASP Alejandro Cowo: “The chopping death of Elmer Giovanni Salazar a 43 year old Guatemalan of an Antelope Street address occurred on Monday the 20th of January. Sometime after 4:55 PM Police visited Belize Marine and Mooring Services located at 4 ½ miles on the George Price Highway where upon arrival they observed Mr. Salazar on the ground lying and suffering from several chop wounds to the body. He was transported the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he died about half and hour later whilst receiving treatment. What Police gathered so far is that Mr. Salazar had arrived at that location where he had confrontation with several workers from that Marine Service and as result one of the male persons inflicted several chop wounds at him. The male person made good his escape and on yesterday’s date and then he handed over himself to the Police.”

Jose Sanchez: “Will he be charged with murder or manslaughter?”

ASP Alejandro Cowo: “We are conducting an investigation and as soon as we finish gathering all the evidence he will be charged and the necessary charges will be levied against him. He went there and he was an ex-employee of that location and he arrived and just began to argue with most of the workers that were there.”

Jose Sanchez: “Did he hand himself into a high ranking officer by any chance?”

ASP Alejandro Cowo:Well I know that he handed himself over yesterday.”

Jose Sanchez: “Was it to the Commissioner?”

ASP Alejandro Cowo:Yes it was to the Commissioner.”

Baltazr Martinez escaped the scene of the crime in a vehicle belonging to Belize Marine Services. He has not yet been charged for the death of Salazar.