One of the Honolulu police officers killed during a violent confrontation in Hawaii this morning is from Guam.
38-year-old Tiffany-Victoria Enriquez and her partner were shot and killed. She is a graduate of Simon Sanchez High School Class of 1999 and the mother of three.
She is also an active member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves and was a police officer with the Hawaii Police Department for seven years.
KITV4, the ABC affiliate in Honolulu, reports that two officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the Diamond Head neighborhood at about 9:40 this morning.
A man reportedly ambushed them in the garage of his home and shot and killed them.
The man then barricaded himself in the house. He is reportedly a 70-year-old man who was facing eviction.
Enriquez’s ex-husband John Enriquez shares that he received a call from authorities bearing the tragic news at around 10 this morning, informing him that the mother of his children had been fatally shot as she was entering the scene.
“Tiffany was a loving mother and she was a great human being. She loves Guam and any chance she gets, she tries to do right for the community here but also for the people of Guam. She loves her family, she loves her children. She made a great impact on everybody. Everybody who has met her has said they all get positive energy or whatever you call it. She touches people’s lives in a positive way all the time,” John said.
Dawn Hanohano Moore was a close friend of Enriquez and graduated from high school with her here on Guam.
“We spent a lot of time together, seen her graduate from Academy. Our kids played a lot together. Her husband was former military. So is my husband, former military and we’re all from Guam and we had a close bunch of friends from Guam in Hawaii. That was how we became close and just grew a bond through that. But she knew a lot of people. People from Guam and Hawaii. We all were really close. And she always found a way to be connected to home some way or another,” Moore said.
Enriquez leaves behind three girls and a grandson. John says plans for her burial have not been made and it has not been decided if they will be laying her to rest on Guam.