Police Officer Gunned Down Out West in Case of Mistaken Identity

Police Officer Gunned Down Out West in Case of Mistaken Identity

Tonight, the Belize Police Department is investigating the murder of one of their own in an apparent case of mistaken identity. On Saturday night, 29-year-old police constable Dylan Anthony was gunned down as he headed home in western Belize. Anthony served in the department for the past nine years and was stationed in the City of Belmopan. His death has shocked many and left the police searching for a career criminal. Reporter Vejea Alvarez tells us more. 

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: A cop is dead, a child is fatherless, and a killer is being sought after 29-year-old Dylan Anthony lost his life in an apparent case of mistaken identity. On Saturday night, around 8:45, the police constable was gunned down as he headed home on the Roaring Creek Bridge. Anthony was targeted by a lone gunman and was shot multiple gunshots to his body, losing control of his motorbike and dying shortly after collapsing on the road. Denise Gonzalez, his common-law-wife, says she was alerted within minutes of the incident and could not believe Anthony was killed.  

Denise Gonzalez, Common-Law-Wife: “I was in Corozal preparing to travel today to come spend the Easter and my sister-in-law was calling me. When I picked up the phone she was bawling and bawling and said “Why did you take so long to answer the phone ? Why did you take so long to answer the phone ?” I said “Calm down what happened ?” She said “They shot up Dylan.” I said “Girl stop playing.” She said “You think I would be calling you and giving you those kinds of jokes ? No they killed him Denise, they killed him.” At that point I didn’t even know what to say. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t even react. I just froze, I don’t know.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: The Belize Police Department says, “Anthony served with honor and distinction in his duties to protect and serve the community. His commitment to upholding the law and ensuring the safety of others will be remembered by his colleagues and the community he served.” And, according to his father, Herbert Anthony, he was not only a good cop but a loving son and family man. 

Herbert Anthony, Dylan Anthony’s Father: “Was very close and such a good boy. He had already ordered food and he went to pick up food for the family to eat but never reached back. This is uncalled for you know  ? Such a nice person. He was a very nice person like other people that they’ve taken out of their life like that.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: But why would someone kill such a gentle giant? Police are yet to provide an official motive, but unconfirmed reports indicate that Anthony’s murder could be a case of mistaken identity in an act of retaliation for Friday’s shooting in the village. ASP Hilberto Romero says investigators have since detained several persons and are working to crack the case.

ASP Hilberto Romero, Officer Commanding Eastern Division: “The intelligence we’re gathering is that it is a case of mistaken identity but the person that was on the bridge firing the shots yes he targeted the police officer who was on that motorcycle. I will not give the names of the persons detained at this time. We have several persons who we are interviewing and persons that we’re looking for.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Anthony’s family believes as well that he was not the intended target, Gonzalez explained that her husband had no enemies and never mentioned being in any danger. 

Denise Gonzalez, Common-Law-Wife: “I understand that it was a mistaken identity because Dylan doesn’t bother anybody so from they said they shot him up I said it wasn’t Dylan they wanted. It wasn’t Dylan they wanted. Dylan doesn’t mess with anybody. Everybody that knows Dylan too much love. Too much love. I told him you’re too friendly you know ? He said “That will take you a long way D, that will take you a long way.” Dylan was one of the most peaceful persons I know. That you all saw that it wasn’t who you wanted and you still emptied that thing on Dylan. I know you saw who it was and you still emptied out that thing on him.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Anthony was a father of one and was a well-known bodybuilder in Camalote Village, where he grew up. Gonzalez says his family is now hoping that his killers will be brought to justice, but in the meantime, they will be reminiscing on the memories Anthony left behind. 

Denise Gonzalez, Common-Law-Wife: “He liked to smile. He had one of the sweetest and most unique smiles. They just took him away from me, took him away from everybody especially from his son that meant everything to him and now he won’t be here to see how my baby grows.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News.

Anthony leaves behind a five-year-old.

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