GPD investigating officer-involved shooting after stolen car tries to hit an officer

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Photo shows a police officer with a gun drawn and aiming at the red vehicle. (Viewer submitted photo)

The Guam Police Department is currently investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Mangilao.

A video is circulating around social media showing the officer-involved shooting. In the video, GPD vehicles were shown surrounding a car on Dairy Road in Mangilao.

According to GPD spokesman Paul Tapao, at around 12:30 pm, an officer assigned to GPD’S Highway Patrol Division noticed a stolen Dodge Challenger on Dairy Road in Mangilao.

Additional units arrived and were momentarily able to detain the vehicle while on Dairy Road, as officers on scene instructed the occupants to exit the vehicle.

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According to Tapao, the operator of the vehicle refused to comply and began to rev
the engine. The Dodge Challenger then accelerated towards an officer who fired a shot at the approaching automobile which fled towards Route 15, in Mangilao.

The stolen Dodge Challenger was later located by a home along Matsumiyu St. in Pagat Mangilao. The vehicle was impounded relative to the case investigation.

No injuries were reported as a result of the shooting.

Tapao said this is an ongoing case as GPD’S Criminal Investigation Division and Internal Affairs Section were activated in reference to the criminal and administrative aspect of the case investigation.

This incident comes in the wake of the U.S. Attorney’s Office recently clearing GPD officers in another officer-involved shooting resulting in the death of Xavier Tedtaotao in Tamuning last year.

Last week, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), GPD, and other local law enforcement partners announced that they are working together to establish standard procedures when the use of deadly force resulting in death or serious physical injury as a result of a peace officer-involved incident occurs.

Currently, there are no written procedures in place for an interagency independent investigation of instances where there is the use of deadly force or other matters of public interest.

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