Alex Goff fatally shot by CC Police Officer Alpheus Parham

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 20, No. 19            May 13, 2010

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    Reports coming out of the Caye Caulker police department are that around 5:20pm on Sunday May 9th 2010, P.C. #437, Alpheus Parham and a special constable responded to reports of a male person behaving in a disorderly manner at The Split area in Caye Caulker. As a result, a male person by the name of Alex Goff was detained and escorted to the Police Station where he was remanded to a cellblock.    According to a report issued on May 10th from the Belize Police Department Press Office, after Goff was placed inside the cell, he continued to make noise. As a result P.C. # 437 Alpheus Parham re-visited the cell block and began speaking to him. The diarist reported hearing a loud bang then immediately saw the officer exit the cell and placed a .38 revolver inside the diarist desk [drawer], subsequently the officer left the station.    Reports are that Police responded to the eastern cell block of the Caye Caulker police station where the lifeless body of a dark skinned male person was seen in a sitting position against the wall, suffering; from what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the forehead.    The body was later identified as one Alex Goff, 31, of #33 Mopan St., Belize City. Initial investigation revealed that the victim was earlier detained and escorted to the Caye Caulker police station where he was placed inside the cell block for disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer.    The body was transported to K.H.M.H. for a post mortem examination, where, between the hours of 1:00pm and 2:00pm, Dr. Mario Estradabran certified the cause of death to be Hypovolemic Shock - massive brain damage, due to a gunshot wound. The .38 revolver in question was recovered from the desk. As is customary when a shooting involves a police officer, The Office of Internal Affairs and Discipline conducted an intensive investigation.     On Tuesday April 11th, 2010, according to Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood, Belize Police Press Officer, Alpheus Parham was charged for the single crime of murder and was arraigned in magistrate’s court, after which he was remanded to the Hattieville prison until his next court appearance which is scheduled for June 14th, 2010.
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