Police investigating death of man in flare gun incident

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Spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia says preliminary findings indicate the fatal injury may have been accidental.

Guam – The man who police say accidentally shot himself in the chest last night has passed away.

This morning PNC was able to confirm the identity of the individual as 38-year-old Davin Pablo. According to Naval Hospital Public Affairs Officer Justine Matanane, Pablo was brought into the emergency room last night where he died from his injuries.

Last night police responded to a report of an injured person on Jose P Cruz Street for what was initially believed to be a possible shooting. At the scene PNC met with GPD Spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia and discovered that the incident involved one individual but did not involve a gun.

“We are looking at it possibly being a rescue flare that was set off by accident,” stated Balajadia.

GPD blocked off the road way as they conducted their investigation and according to Balajadia there were two other individuals present at the home at the time of the incident. “But preliminary findings are that the individual possibly sustained a upper chest wound due to accidental self infliction. So that’s how we are looking at it at this point.”

As of today GPD is still conducting an investigation and can not say what Pablo was doing with the rescue flare when the incident occurred.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.