Minister of Health Pablo Marin shoots intruder at his residence

The official report states that police responded to a report at the residence of the 52-year-old minister around 10:30PM. Upon arrival, Marin said that about 10:29PM, while at the upper floor of his house, he heard a loud noise. He reportedly retrieve his licensed 9mm pistol and went downstairs to see what was happening, and observed a male person his verandah, whom he came face to face with. Marin said he fired a warning shot towards the individual, followed by two additional shots before the person jumped over the fence. Police later found the motionless body of a male person, identified as 37-year-old Askel Matura, Belizean unemployed of San Antonio Village, Corozal District. An assortment of items belonging to Marin were found in a backpack being carried by the deceased. The lifeless body was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital, where it was pronounced dead on arrival..

Honorable Pablo Marin made a personal declaration on his Facebook Page on Friday, August 28th. Last night was one of the most difficult nights of my life. As an intruder armed with a weapon broke into my house, I had no choice but to defend myself as I was fearful for my life. The outcome is devastating to me. My prayers, of course, are for his eternal soul and for his family."

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