By Ingrid Fernandez/ Staff Journalist
The Belize City Council (CitCo) is considering new security measures after armed robbers targeted CitCo security personnel in the Albert Street shooting where a female cop was shot to the head earlier this week.
The individuals who were held at gun point on the pavement, which caused a police mobile to stop and come under fire, were security personnel contracted by CitCo. The men were conducting a night deposit at the Scotia Bank of revenues collected from trade licenses and property taxes.
When the robbers apprehended the security guards, they had already conducted the deposit.
While Mayor Darrell Bradley said security despots are conducted in a structured way with the knowledge of the police, robbers were after the deposits and not necessarily targeting CitCo security personnel.
Bradley said the unfortunate incident is a major concern, therefore, CitCo is taking no further chances. CitCo Public Relations Manager Kenny Morgan commented: “We are appalled at these occurrences and it is obvious that the criminals out there are putting a lot of planning into their activities, so we have to put planning into our security measures as well and we have consulted with our security persons and we will adhere to suggestions in order to prevent any further occurrences.”
Morgan said that while a full online payment plan is in the pipeline, one of the immediate measures CitCo will implement is for security personnel conducting night deposits to do so in enclosed vehicles.
One of the robbers was apprehended by the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) the night of the shooting. Jamal Jackson, 31, who shot at the female officer was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith for charges of ‘keeping an unlicensed firearm’ and ‘keeping unlicensed ammunition’.
Jackson took the GSU officer to the location where he stashed the Glock nine millimeter pistol he used to conduct the robbery after being caught. The gun contained nine live rounds.
Jackson is remanded at the Belize Central Prison until June 7 when he is to re-appear in court. He is expected to be further charged for ‘attempted robbery’ and ‘attempted murder’.
The officer’s wound to the head was not fatal as the bullet was lodged between the skin and her skull. She was treated at the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) and was discharged on Wedensday.
Mayor Bradley also commended the officer for her bravery in the line of duty.