BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 26, 2015–A number of residents of Olivera Street in the Lake Independence area came out of their homes tonight to watch as a number of police vehicles descended on their neighborhood. After being on the scene for about two hours, police removed the body of a fellow police officer who reportedly shot himself in the head earlier this evening.
Police Press Officer Raphael Martinez has confirmed to Amandala tonight that Police Constable Shannon Ramirez died from a gunshot wound to the head, but he was not able to say whether the wound was accidentally inflicted or otherwise.
A neighbor told Amandala that she did not hear any gunshot and was surprised to learn that her policeman neighbor had died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Amandala was able to confirm that Ramirez was in a common-law relationship with a woman police officer attached to the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU).
Martinez was unable to confirm, however, whether or not Ramirez’s common-law wife was at home when he sustained the fatal gunshot wound.