The gun discovered in a restroom at the Guam International Airport Authority on Tuesday was forgotten and left behind by a Guam Customs and Quarantine Officer.
Customs Director Ike Peredo confirmed for PNC that the handgun was left in the restroom for roughly 10 minutes before the officer it was assigned to realized it was not in her holster.
“That officer was responsible for boarding all aircraft arriving within that particular time and my assumption is that she was in the restroom and probably forgot about the firearm in the restroom and headed to the concourse area when she noticed that the firearm was not properly holstered,” Peredo said.
Thankfully, the handgun did not end up in nefarious hands and instead was recovered and secured by airport police. The incident has resulted in an investigation to be launched and the Customs officer temporarily reassigned.
“She was just removed from the actual duties she was performing as a boarding officer and she was placed on administrative duty desk work. I have directed internal affairs to look into the incident and I am waiting for the outcome of that particular report before deciding what action to take,” Peredo said.
Peredo says the officer’s removal from boarding duties does not hamper Custom operations. He said the department is reviewing its polices and procedures in light of the incident.
“Annually, officers receive training on firearm retention and safety. This incident is unfortunate and we realize the impact it may have had. More so, we are grateful the firearm was found and secured when it was and no one was injured as a result.”