By Marion V. Ali Staff Reporter
The Belize Police Department has installed a command centre in Jane Usher Boulevard following the slaying of Patrick Bevans, 23, a known gang affiliate who lives on Louise Bevans Street in the same area.
The police explained that the initiative is to deter any form of retaliation to Bevan’s murder.
Corporal Jorge Lemus, of the Administrative Section at Precinct Two Police Unit, told reporters that the command centre’s operations over the next few weeks will involve strategic foot, bicycle and mobile patrols. The unit will also set up a checkpoint to deter major crimes in the surrounding areas.
Beyond its preventative function in respect to any gang-related response to the Bevan’s killing, Lemus explained that the initiative is also designed to dismantle any criminal effort to “claim” the Jane Usher Boulevard area.
Bevans, handicapped in both legs by a previous shooting, had reportedly gone with the aid of crutches to a nearby shop to make a purchase. He was returning home when a young man rode up behind him on a bicycle and shot him in the back of the head.
Police recovered seven 9 millimetre expended shells and have detained a number of “persons of interest” in connection with this latest murder.
They are also not ruling out the probability that this and two previous shootings over the past few weeks are connected.