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B.D.F. Soldier Accidentally Killed During Hunting Trip

Jun 12, 2023

B.D.F. Soldier Accidentally Killed During Hunting Trip

Elvis Humes

Forty-five-year-old Elvis Humes, an electrician of Bullet Tree Falls Village, has been charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, kept firearm without a gun license and kept ammunition without a gun license.  The battery of charges follow a deadly shooting incident during a hunting trip over the weekend in Cayo District.  Humes was accompanied by John Nolberto and twenty-eight-year-old Jose Manzanero in the El Pilar area of Bullet Tree Falls.  Humes told police that he set out into the nearby bushes when he heard what he believed to be an animal.  Upon his return, he reportedly saw what appeared to be a gleam in the short distance.  Believing that it was a deer, Humes opened fire with a sixteen-gauge shotgun, fatally injuring Manzanero, a Belize Defense Force soldier.  He was transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Hilberto Romero

ACP Hilberto Romero, Regional Commander, Eastern Division

“On Saturday, June 10th, 2023, around 8:30 p.m. police received information that there was a shooting in the El Pilar area of the Cayo District.  Information was received from Elvis Humes who reported that he was hunting along with Jose Manzanero, a BDF soldier.  The person was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.  Information from Elvis Humes is that he accidentally shot the deceased after they had deviated from each other whilst hunting in the area.”

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