GPD: Deadly shooting was ‘justified’

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Guam Police Department Chief Stephen Ignacio during Saturday's news conference. (PNC photo)

The Guam Police Department held a press conference Saturday to announce that the four officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of Xavier Tedtaotao in Tamuning were justified in using deadly force.

According to GPD, the vehicle that Tedtaotao was driving was used as a weapon against the police officers, and they had no choice but to defend themselves and fire their weapons.

On November 3, 2020, police officers were responding to a theft complaint of a stolen cellphone at an apartment complex at Bonito Street in Tamuning.

Upon arrival, police noted a Mitsubishi Lancer with two occupants inside, a female passenger and Tedaotao.

It was later noted that the vehicle was also stolen.

When police officers approached the vehicle, they asked Tedaotao to step out of the vehicle numerous times. He refused to comply and instead accelerated forward, hitting a marked patrol car, another vehicle in the parking lot, and nearly striking the police officers at the scene.

The officers then engaged by discharging their firearms, firing 41 times which, in turn, wounded Tedaotao and the female passenger.

The officers called for help and the two occupants were taken to Guam Memorial Hospital where Tedaotao succumbed to his gunshot wounds.

The officers were initially put on administrative leave due to the incident. But they have now have been cleared and have reported back to duty.

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