Shots fired! Quarrel between neighbors ends with attempted murder arrest

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Guam – The Bible says, “Love thyself as you would love your neighbor.” That might not have been the case in this particular incident, as an altercation between neighbors ended with one man shot and another charged with attempted murder.

62-year-old Herman Quichocho of Chalan Pago allegedly told police that he was attempting to scare off his neighbors when he fired several shots up into the air on Wednesday.

According to court documents, the victim claims Quichocho threatened to kill the victim’s sister and family. The verbal threats exchanged allegedly led to Quichocho pushing the victim to the ground and in return the victim punching the defendant in the face.

“It was noted that Mr. Quichocho had retrieved his rifle from his home and fired it in the air and towards the direction of the victim. Officers were able to locate the rifle used by Mr. Quichocho, to include expended shell casings which were later confiscated for evidence,” stated GPD Spokesman Sgt Paul Tapao.

Court documents state that the victim was ushering his family back into their home, when he noticed dirt “pop out of the ground” and multiple bangs which sounded like gunfire. The complaint goes on to say, “immediately after the victim stated he felt a sharp pain in his left foot which turned out to be a bullet wound.”

It appears as though authorities have one family’s word against another’s, as police reported, the victim’s statements were corroborated by multiple witnesses and Quichocho’s statements were corroborated by his family.

“Through the course of the investigation, officers later determined the altercation had steamed from an argument over burning at the two homes,” explained Tapao.

Quichocho is charged with attempted murder, possession of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime, aggravated assault and reckless conduct.

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.