Mendiola facing murder allegation over Agana Heights shooting death

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Anthony Gregory Mendiola

The man arrested in connection with the shooting death of Joey Zamora was formally charged in local court Thursday afternoon and the complaint filed against him has shed some light into the murder.

When police arrived at the home on Chalan Tutujan Drive in Agana Heights on Tuesday, they found Anthony Gregory Mendiola sitting outside the home. Witnesses reported that Mendiola and Zamora were arguing before three gunshots were heard.

According to police, Mendiola resides at the home where the incident occurred and that Zamora frequented the home.

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Court documents state: “When asked by the police what happened, the defendant told them that he fought with Joey Zamora, that he had filed a complaint against him and that he was not supposed to be there. The complaint referenced by the defendant was filed by the defendant against the victim for record purposes only back in August 2019 because the victim was living at the house and the defendant no longer wanted him there. The police then asked the defendant where Joey Zamora was and the defendant stated: “He’s inside, I shot him.”

Police discovered Zamora inside the home lying face down in a pool of blood with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the left side of his back and a wound on his inner arm. He was shot three times.

Police say that they recovered a 9 mm Feather AT-9 rifle along with expended shell casings inside the home.

Mendiola is facing charges of murder with the special allegation of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm without valid identification, and possession of an unregistered firearm. He was booked and confined.

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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.