Ex-policeman dies of gunshot to the head

Former policeman, Harth Gillett, 44, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, September 12.

Gillett was rushed to the K.H.M.H. Tuesday night after he was shot at his home in San Ignacio Town, Cayo, earlier that day.

The incident has not yet been reported by the police and has apparently been labeled a suicide, based on the appearance of the scene.  However, the police handling of the case has irked much of the San Ignacio community. Many of Gillett’s neighbours and friends said he appeared to be full of life and was a jovial, fun-loving person.

One of Gillett’s friends wrote on the Facebook page of Gillett’s son Wednesday night that “I spoke to Hart on the phone about an hour before this happened ….he was joking….laughing about the ‘pocket phone call’ that he had gotten from me by accident that prompted him call to me…..and ended the phone call by saying he would catch up with me in the next few days about some paperwork he was helping me to file… not exactly the conversation of someone getting ready to kill himself, is it?  This smells to high heaven.”

Gillett volunteered with the National Emergency Management Organization, NEMO, and was closely monitoring the Macal River just after a tropical storm had passed through.

He was keeping the residents abreast of the situation, and sharing his knowledge of the river with people from other parts of the country.

Some years before that, Gillett was one of three men charged with aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and robbery in connection with a break-in at Yuen Yuen Super Mart, from which a  heavy iron safe was stolen.

In the heist, some of the store’s employees were threatened and one was assaulted with a gun. Gillett was never convicted.

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