Astumbo shooting victim identified

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Guam – While authorities have not released any details regarding the shooting incident in Astumbo Dededo, the victim has been identified as Branden Rosario Ojeda.

Speculation on how Ojeda sustained a gun shot wound during an encounter with authorities have not been confirmed by the Guam Police Department who said the investigation is ongoing.

However, Judiciary of Guam Director of Planning and Communications Shawn Gumataotao did confirm that the Marshals were executing a warrant.

A viewer submitted video shows authorities approaching and then surrounding a black SUV outside the home on Sagan Linahyan Dededo.

In the video, armed Judiciary Marshals appeared to be attempting to gain access to the vehicle ultimately opening the driver’s side door before moving to the opposite side of the vehicle.

Authorities could be heard shouting “Let me see your hands drop the weapon, grab him.” Moments later what appears to be a gun is recovered by marshals and tossed away from the vehicle.

Following the incident PNC was on scene where a family friend identified the shooting victim as Branden Rosario Ojeda. Ojeda was one of four individuals busted last year for drug possession. He was listed as a fugitive wanted by the marshals for possession of a scheduled two controlled substance.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.