25-year-old Jorde Usher, a resident of Georgeville, Cayo District was reportedly shot in the face by police on Saturday night. He was on a motorcycle making his way home at around ten o’clock when police pursued him. Usher made it to his house but was accosted immediately by the officers. A struggle reportedly ensued and resulted in Usher’s injuries, witnessed by his relatives.
25 year old Jorde Usher, a construction worker of Georgeville Village Cayo District was shot at his home last night by police after being chased on his motorcycle from San Ignacio Town to his home. Margaret Hyde, Jorde’s mother, is claiming that the police used excessive force and they are not pleased with the police.
Margaret Hyde, Mother*: “It was about 9:16pm. I was washing on the veranda and I saw the police chasing a cycle, I didn’t know it was my son. When they went on the back street I ran on my back veranda and when I ran to my back veranda I saw the police vehicle chasing the cycle but the cycle came between some posts and the vehicle could not come between that. So when the cycle came between that he threw down the cycle and he ran to come home and was hollering for me. So I stood up and I looked and then the police were driving back in the vehicle and the police came in front of the vehicle left on the light of the vehicle and when- I don’t know if my son heard them crack the gun or whatever but my son stopped and turned around and by the time he turned around with his hands up the police shot him. When the police shot him he fell on his hands and feet, the police came towards him and then I heard the gun go “click” “click” again and I hollered from my veranda “Mr.Police you shot my son. You shot my son! ” I know who shot him because I know the person but I’m not calling names I’m leaving it in my lawyer’s hands. When I hollered “you shot my son” I ran through the front door and to the road and when I ran down to the road he said “I didn’t shoot him he fell of his cycle and he hurt himself.” He didn’t fall of a cycle and hurt himself, the bullet is still in his face. I just took him to get a CAT scan and the CAT scan shows that the bullet is lodged behind his nose and then he has fractured bones on the right side. I need to take him to Belize City to see a specialist.”
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette, the pursuit was because Usher had violated multiple traffic laws.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation: “Another police team which was in the area of Esperanza Village then saw those persons coming on the motorcycle and signaled for them to stop which they refused. As a result the police officers in the vehicle turned around and pursued the cycle into Georgeville Village where the cycle crashed into a drain and the rider or the driver of the cycle then jumped off and made good his escape whilst the passenger remained trapped under the cycle. As a result one of those officers pursued the person who was running and in the process he fired a warning shot. As a result the person was later caught up with and was found to be one Jorde Usher, 25 years of a Georgeville Village address. He was observed with an injury to his right cheek. As a result he was taken to the San Ignacio Community Hospital and later to the Western Regional Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.”
An internal police investigation has been launched. Meanwhile, Usher is in a critical condition.