GPD investigating officer involved in shooting

Guam Police Department (PNC File photo)

The Guam Police Department has launched both a criminal and administrative investigation regarding an officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier this morning in the Perez Ville area in Tamuning.

Preliminary police reports suggest that on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at around 1:15 am, officers assigned to the Tumon-Tamuning Precinct Command located a silver Toyota van that had eluded officers from the Dededo Precinct Command and the Central Precinct Command on Father Ramon St, in Perez Ville Tamuning.

As officers attempted to stop the van, the operator of the van accelerated towards an officer that had exited his vehicle. This prompted another officer to discharge his firearm towards the oncoming van which accelerated past both officers.

Officers were able to cease the pursuit by L.B.J. Elementary School as the van became disabled.

The operator, identified as 41-year-old Susan Ruwedgow Smith, was later arrested for the following offenses:

-Reckless Driving
-Eluding a Police Officer
-Resisting Arrest
-Aggravated Assault and
-Assault on a Peace Officer

Also arrested was the front passenger, 20-year-old Elijah G. Borja relative to an outstanding warrant of arrest.

Both Susan Smith and Elijah Perez were subsequently booked and confined at the Department of Corrections. As a result of the shooting incident, no one was hurt.

Although this case has been forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General for prosecution, this case is ongoing as it has been forwarded to GPD’s Criminal Investigation Division and Internal Affairs as the officer has been placed on administrative leave.

(GPD News Release)