Man dead, woman injured in Tamuning officer-involved shooting

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A man is dead, a woman injured and four Guam Police Department officers have been placed on administrative leave while authorities work to investigate what led to an officer-involved shooting which took place just before 10:30 Tuesday night.

Police were following up with an investigation into a theft complaint when officers noted a blue sedan with two occupants inside parked at an apartment complex on Bonito street in Tamuning.

According to GPD Chief Stephen Ignacio, police learned that the vehicle was stolen.

“As the officers approached the vehicle, the operator accelerated forward, striking a marked patrol car and another vehicle in the parking lot. Officers then engaged by discharging their firearms. The male operator and the female passenger were wounded,” Ignacio said in a news conference.

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According to Ignacio, the woman was taken to Guam Memorial Hospital where she was treated for injuries. However, he does not know the extent of those injuries or her condition at this time.

The male operator has been identified as being possibly local. He was taken to the hospital for gunshot wounds but did not survive. Chief Ignacio also confirmed that during the incident, an officer was injured. The injuries sustained did not require medical attention.

At this time, Ignacio said it is too premature to conclude how many shots police fired but he did indicate that the four officers have been placed on administrative leave for 20 days and the department has 90 days to complete the administrative investigation.

“Let me just clarify that at this point of the investigation, we do not know if all four officers discharged their firearms. But we do know that four officers were present at the scene,” Chief Ignacio said.

To maintain the integrity of the investigation, GPD has enlisted the assistance of the Office of the Attorney General, Guam Customs and Quarantine, and the FBI.

“Director Ike Peredo of Customs and Quarantine has provided me two of his internal affairs investigators to assist with this investigation and they will more than likely be taking the lead working with our internal affairs section supervisor so they will be taking the lead with this investigation,” the GPD chief said.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.

1 COMMENT

  1. How can deadly force be justified when a vehicle is driving away or for that matter driving towards you. Is the officer not able to jump out of the way or is it more convenient to just pull the side arm out and fire. I wonder if the safety of the public out ways the cowboy mentality. Just putting a thought out there stay bullets kill too.

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