GPD: Astumbo shooting ruled a suicide

Guam Police Department (PNC file photo)

Guam – The Guam Police Department said autopsy results from last week’s shooting in Astumbo has been released. 

Police Spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao says that the autopsy revealed that the gun shot wound was self-inflicted and that Branden Ojeda’s death was ruled a suicide.

It was last week that Ojeda, ran from Marshals who were tracking him down for a warrant related to possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

The chase came to an end outside a home in Sagan Linahyan, Dededo, where a witness caught on camera saw Superior Court of Guam marshals surrounding the Black SUV that Ojeda was driving.

However, the encounter with authorities left unanswered questions as an eye witness and close family friend revealed that Ojeda was discovered with a gun shot wound. His girlfriend was allegedly in the vehicle at the time.

Ojeda later died from injuries sustained from the incident.

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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.