Canadian Fisheries Officer Shot in Roatan, Honduras

A 34-year-old conservation officer with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in B.C. has been shot dead on the island of Roatan in Honduras. Tim Vallee was leaving a bar and walking down a dark stretch of gravel road, according to a report by Robert Armstrong, editor-in-chief of the Bay Islands Voice, a monthly publication that covers news in Roatan. Vallee was reportedly shot outside a bar after a fight broke out over a cellphone, but Honduran and Canadian authorities have yet to release any details on how he died or confirm that information.

Vallee had just left a bar called “La Cueva” near Coxen Hole. He was walking along a dark stretch of gravel road with two local women around 1 a.m. They were walking toward the main road to catch a taxi to the west end of town.  Two men approached him and demanded his iPhone but sometime after that shot Vallee in the head. He was taken to Roatan hospital, said Armstrong, where he was pronounced dead.

Vallee had recently spent time in La Ceiba, Honduras. Here is a report on his time spent in La Ceiba. As well as a more in depth report about his whereabouts in Roatan when this incident occurred.

The good news is that the police department has already apprehended one suspect and is after the other. The new chief of police, General Bonilla has been working hard to upgrade and professionalize the national police of Honduras and we are confident that the suspects will be tried and if found guilty, put behind bars. We will not tolerate having tourists harmed in Honduras.

There are a lot of armed robberies in Roatan but nobody can remember a tourist being killed in this fashion recently. Roatan is the largest island in Honduras’ Bay Islands and is a popular destination for scuba diving as well as the Rich and Famous.

Coxen Hole Roatan, Honduras

Coxen Hole Roatan, Honduras near where Canadian Fisheries Officer was shot.

Tim Vallee, worked for the DFO Pacific Region, was on holiday in Honduras this past week when he was robbed at gunpoint and shot in the head Wednesday.

Honduran and Canadian authorities aren’t saying much about the incident, but Melanie Carkner, a spokeswoman with the Canadian Department of the Fisheries, confirmed that Vallee was not working for the DFO in Honduras.

The Canadian Embassy in Tegucigalpa said the incident happened around midnight but would provide no further details.

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