Guam Police Officer Arrested For Ipan Gun Fight

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GPD Officer Jojo Templo Garcia was arrested and charged with discharge of firearm/reckless Conduct. Three other men were arrested including 58 year old Eddie William Salas who was charged with attempted murder among other things.

 

Guam – Four men have been arrested for what witnesses described as a gun fight between two men at the Ipan Public beach on Friday night. 

 

 Witnesses at the scene told PNC that at around 9pm on Friday night two men began shooting at each other. According to the witnesses one man had a rifle and the other had a handgun. Numerous witnesses both at the scene and in nearby houses said that one of the guns sounded like it was fully automatic. Both men missed each other during the shoot out and no injuries were reported. According to the witnesses many of the shots were fired in the direction of the Mobil Gas station across the street. GPD was on the scene investigating both Friday night and Saturday morning. Officers had taped off a barbecue area and could be seen looking around the Mobil Gas station. Witnesses do not know what caused the gun fight. 

 58 year old Eddie William Salas was arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a valid firearms i.d. terrorizing and reckless conduct. He was booked and confined.  28 year old Edward Joseph Crisostomo was arrested and charged with conspiracy, unsworn falsification, criminal facilitation, and guilt established by complicity. He was booked and confined. 21 Year old Christopher James Crisostomo was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct, possession and use of a deadly weapon in commission of felony, possession of a firearm with no valid firearms i.d., criminal facilitation guilt established by complicity, unsworn falsification. 

 The Guam Police Officer, 50 year old Jojo Templo Garcia was arrested and charged with discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct. Garcia was booked and released. GPD has launched an administrative investigation. 

 

READ FULL RELEASE FROM GPD PIO PAUL TAPAO BELOW:

1/23/16  4:20 p.m. (Tiyan) **Media Release**
On 1/22/16 (Friday) at around 9:00 p.m., officers from the Southern Precinct Command responded to a disturbance call at the Ipan Public Beach Park, located on Ipan, Talofofo.  Upon officers arrival, it was later determined that a verbal argument ensued between two different family members that were camping within the park.  During the course of the argument, gun shots were then exchanged between the two parties, with no injuries noted during the course of the shooting.  Officers were also met by an off-duty police officer, Jojo T. Garcia, who was indicated through the reports as one of the individuals involved in the shooting.  All parties were then escorted to the Southern Precinct Command for further investigation.

During the course of the investigation, Criminal Investigators from the Guam Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division arrested the following individuals for their involvement with this case:
1.) Eddie William Salas M/GU./58YOA
he was arrested for the offenses:
Attempted Murder/ Aggravated Assault/Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm/Possession of a firearms w/out a valid firearms ID/Terrorizing/Reckless Conduct
*Edward W. Salas was booked and confined

2.)Edward Joseph Crisostomo M/Gu/28YOA
he was arrested for the offenses:
Conspiracy/Unsworn Falsification/Criminal Facilitation/Guilt Establish by Complicity
*Edward J. Crisostomo was booked and confined

3.) Christopher James Crisostomo M/Gu/21YOA
he was arrested for the following offenses:
Aggravated Assault/Reckless Conduct/Possession and Use of a Deadly Weapon in Commission of Felon/Possession of a Firearms with no valid firearms ID/criminal facilitation/Guilt Establish by Complicity/Unsworn Falsification
*Christopher J. Crisostomo was booked and confined

4.) Jojo Templo Garcia M/FIL/50YOA
he was arrested for the following offenses:
Discharge of Firearm/Reckless Conduct
Jojo T. Garcia was booked and released

Two (2) male minors were also taken into custody and later released to their legal guardians.

All arrest reports have been forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office for their information and disposition.  Since a Guam Police Department Officer was involved, an administrative investigation has been launched by the department.