Police fire guns at man after car chase

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Police tape marks the area where an "officer-involved" shooting occurred in Dededo last Sept. 30.

Shots were fired as police attempted to apprehend a suspect who took authorities on a car chase through Dededo early this morning.

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Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao says that the car chase began shortly before 4 a.m. when officers assigned to the Dededo precinct attempted to pull over a male individual driving a silver sedan on Route 16 in Harmon.

“The vehicle failed to comply with the officers. A pursuit ensued with the officers and the subject vehicle. The pursued entered through Dededo proper along the Route 3 area and into Dededo village,” Tapao said.

The car chase ended in the Lada area of Dededo near the Okkodo pipeline where yellow crime tape now blocks off the area. Tapao says that in the midst of attempting to pull over the individual, two officers had discharged their firearms.

“In regards to the shooting, or the officers discharging their firearms, the Guam Police Department criminal investigation division is now assuming this case, alongside our investigators from internal affairs,” Tapao said.

Exactly when and where the shots were fired could not be disclosed for the integrity of the investigation. Tapao says that CID will be doing a reconstruction of scene. PNC spoke to witnesses in the area who reported hearing shots at around 4 a.m. and stayed in their homes to avoid stray fire.

“Now in reference to the condition of the individual who was in the vehicle, he was subsequently transported to the Guam Regional Medical City where he is being treated at this time,” Tapao said.

A criminal investigation as well as an internal investigation has been launched. GPD says they will make information available to the public as the case develops.

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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.