Officer’s action in fatal Tamuning shooting justified, AG says

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In a news conference Friday, the OAG stated that the officer’s action was justified in lieu of the situation and circumstances he was in. (PNC photo)

The Office of the Attorney General will not be filing any charges against the Guam Police Department officer involved in a shooting in Tamuning last June.

In a news conference Friday, the OAG stated that the officer’s action was justified in lieu of the situation and circumstances he was in.

According to Independent Investigation Team chief investigator A.V. Camacho, on June 30, the officer with his 7-year-old daughter met with his wife at the CENTAM building in Tamuning for an appointment. The officer was off duty. The officer and his wife were driving in separate cars and the officer’s daughter was riding with him.

At around 5:50 pm, surveillance cameras captured a man appearing to be armed with two machetes charging the officer’s car. Then, a second man threw something at the officer’s car. The officer got out of his car and grabbed his gun, which was located in the rear passenger seat.

Surveillance cameras then captured a man running downhill towards where the officer’s car stopped. The officer fired a single shot, striking the man in his lower abdomen.

“Based on the totality of the circumstances, it is our conclusion that the officer’s actions in this case were justified. As a result, we’re declining to file any criminal charges,” OAG Chief Prosecutor Basil O’Mallan said.

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