Man involved in alleged murder says he was shot at first


35-year-old Nathan Ojeda, the accused murderer who allegedly left Anthony Herrero Mendiola II, or more commonly known as AJ with a fatal gunshot gave his short recollection of the events.

According to a magistrate’s report, Ojeda claims that he was shot at first by the late victim. The report adds that Ojeda was hospitalized as he was shot in the leg.

On January 4th, court documents say that it was a witness who identified Ojeda as the shooter, further stating that the witness also shot Ojeda but as a form of self-defense.

As PNC previously reported, Mendiola suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the torso following the shooting.

Court documents state that the murder weapon had a 9mm casing.

Court documents also state that although Ojeda denies shooting Mendiola – he’s happy that he’s dead.

Ojeda is charged with aggravated murder and murder both as a 1st-degree felony with a special allegation of possession or use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card and possession of an unregistered firearm both as 3rd-degree felonies.

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.