Police Officer Charged with Aggravated Assault

Police Officer Charged with Aggravated Assault

Over the weekend, police in southern Belize arrested one of their own for shooting a man in Punta Gorda Town. On Saturday, 36-year-old police constable Feliz Fernandez was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm upon Richard Valerio. Police say last Thursday, Fernandez and his girlfriend were at a basketball game at the Punta Gorda Sports Complex when Valerio sat beside them and started uttering threats. Fernandez and the woman left but later found Valerio bashing in the windshield of Fernandez’s vehicle with a rock. Fernandez told Valerio to drop the rock, but Valerio threw the rock at him instead. Fernandez then pulled out his firearm and shot Valerio in the lower back. Assistant Commissioner of Police Hilberto Romero says the department carried out investigations and found that Fernandez was criminally liable. 

Valerio was treated and has since been released from the hospital.

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