A resident of Hattieville, Belize District is hospitalized after being shot in the left leg reportedly by police. 22-year-old Albert Reid was shot to the leg after he attempted to attack a police officer with a machete. The incident occurred in front of his home in Hattieville when police were called due to a domestic disturbance. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Alejandro Cowo, an internal investigation into this matter is being conducted.
Supt. Alejandro Cowo, Head, Crimes Investigation Branch: “Hattieville Police responded to a domestic dispute at the old Hattieville area where upon arrival they observed a male person. This male person had a machete in his right hand, he was ordered by the police to put the machete down however he refused and advanced in a threatening manner towards the police who fired a single shot with their issued 9mm pistol. The person was taken to the hospital where he is still admitted in a stable condition. The person was identified as Albert Reid of that same address. There is a report made already by the common-law wife, the reason why the police responded to the domestic dispute at that residence.”
According to Cowo, there are no reports of domestic violence between these people prior to this incident.