Suspect in fatal Dededo shooting says he was just defending his family

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The victim in Sunday’s fatal shooting has been identified and details of the incident are now public as the shooter has been charged in local court with murder.

The shooter was arrested by police a day after the incident occurred in Dededo. He was identified by police as Larry James Gagan.

According to Gagan’s wife, he was close friends with the victim, a homeless man identified as Jerrick Unchangco. She told police that Unchangco had asked them for a place to live and Gagan allowed him to park his vehicle outside the couple’s makeshift Dededo home.

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Gagan’s wife revealed that a day before the shooting there was an altercation but it was diffused. On January 24, another altercation occurred resulting in a brief struggle between the victim and a male guest. The male guest left the premises but according to police, Uchangco continued to argue with Gagan’s wife and sister. That’s when Gagan appeared behind the victim and shot him in the back before fleeing the scene.

A complaint filed against Gagan details that Unchangco was found face down on a bed within the home. Gagan claims he was only defending his family.

Court documents state that Gagan purchased a .22 caliber pistol for self-defense and he told police where to find the weapon. The weapon was not registered and Gagan does not have a firearms license.

Gagan has been charged with murder. The charge carries the special allegation of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. He was also charged with possession of a firearm without a valid firearms id and possession of an unregistered firearm. He was booked and confined.

A magistrate hearing for Gagan was continued to tomorrow to allow his court-appointed attorney Samuel Tekker to be present. Tekker was appointed as a result of a conflict of interest being present involving the public defender and alternate public defender representing the victim in multiple criminal cases.

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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.