By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter
A 20-year-old officer attached to the Tourism Police Unit was shot and killed just before midday on Thursday at the Caracol Archaeological site in the Cayo District.
A police press release identified that Special Constable as Danny Conorquie. He was on duty at the site, and approached two Hispanic men who were riding on horseback. As Conorqui approached, the men opened fire at him..
Conorquie was hit and fatally wounded and the two men fled the scene, retreating into the dense cover of the jungle. Conorquie was rushed to the San Ignacio Town hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
The fatal shooting incident occurred near the Caracol main temple, unfolding in plain view of several tourists and tour operators.
After the shooting security forces were deployed to secure the crime scene and the Belize Tourism Board safely transported tourists out of the area.
Additional security personnel have been deployed at the Caracol Archaeological site to ensure the safety of the hundreds of visitors who frequent the site.
According to police, the matter is under investigation by the relevant authorities and every effort is being made to bring those responsible for the shocking crime to justice.
The Government of Belize has expressed its deepest condolences to the family of the slain special constable, who died in the line of duty.