Police Officer Arrested in Another Officer’s Death


GPD Officer Mark Torre, Jr. was charged with “murder” in the death of Officer Elbert “Bert” Piolo.

Guam – Guam Police Officer Mark Torre Jr. has been arrested in the death of fellow police officer Elbert “Bert” Piolo.

GPD Spokesman Officer AJ Balajadia released the details in a media advisory identifying the shooting victim as Piolo.

Balajadia, in an earlier release, said the shooting occurred at a residence in Yigo around 2 am Monday. Officers with the Dededo precinct responded to the scene and found one of their own shot. Piolo was rushed to GMH where he was pronounced dead at 3:22 am.

Torre, who joined the force in 2011, was arrested at 8:30 last night and charged with murder. 

Details of the shooting were not released to the media. Those details are expected to be revealed in a magistrate complaint when Torre appears in court Tuesday to face charges.

Department of Corrections Deputy Director Carla Borja tells PNC that special accommodations were made for Officer Torre because of his position as a law enforcement officer. 

“It’s nothing comforting, he’s still in a cell,” says Borja, adding that he is currently in a special housing unit. However, she could not disclose whether he was being detained at the Hagatna detention facility or at the Mangilao compound.

Borja says every law enforcement officer who is locked up is provided security accommodations. She says it’s different for every law enforcement officer and each officer’s case is examined to determine what kind of security accommodations will be provided.



  1. It’s sad to hear about the death of a police officer. It’s even sadder to know that the victim has been murdered by a fellow police officer. It is my hope that media be given all the information that led up to this murder. It’s unbelievable that something like this could happen. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victim and the perpetrator. They are all hurting.

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