Police Brace for More Violence in San Ignacio/Santa Elena After Gang Leader’s Death

Police Brace for More Violence in San Ignacio/Santa Elena After Gang Leader’s Death

Police in San Ignacio/Santa Elena are bracing for more gang violence after gang leader David Galindo died this weekend. As we reported, Galindo was shot several times in the abdomen on June 1. He was initially transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital and later transferred to the Western Regional Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. Galindo was no stranger to the police. He was the leader of a local gang in Cayo, whose members terrorized several medical professionals the night he was shot. Police say a group of persons arrived at the San Ignacio Community Hospital following Galindo’s arrival and threatened several doctors and nurses. The men reportedly forced their way into the trauma room where Galindo was being treated and behaved belligerently. Today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams weighed in on the brazen incident and spoke about the police’s response. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I am appalled by it I must say. I got the call the following morning from the head doctor at the Western Regional Hospital and right away I put him on to Ms.Anderson who is the Western Regional Commander and the matter was addressed. The police went to the area, statements were recorded, photographs were taken, the scene was processed and the police have gathered video footage as well so we know exactly who the persons are that are responsible. From then to now we have not been able to locate those persons. One of the persons of concern is I think Mynor Galindo is one of them. Since then he has not been seen in the San Ignacio area. We understand he had fled somewhere. The fact that his brother has passed away we believe that might bring him out of his hole and once he is found then he will be dealt with along with another person who were the two main agressors at the hospital. But again we condemn the actions done at the hospital and I do agree with you on your show this morning that the police ought to have done more to protect the hospital. Just dropping off the prisoner there knowing that he was a high profile prisoner was not the right thing to do, they ought to have stayed there and ensure that proper security was maintained as we do at the KHMH when a gang member is shot. So we take responsibility for that and we’ll ensure that in the future should there be any recurrence that the police will have a good system in place to respond.”

Police are yet to charge anyone for Galindo’s murder./

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