Guam – Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio remains adamant that he did nothing wrong when he grabbed a gun from the holster of a police officer in a crowded outdoor even in Tumon in July.
It’s a situation that very well could have turned deadly–that is to say if it was any other person other than the lieutenant governor un-holstering a police officer’s gun.
The incident occurred over a month ago at the annual Guam Visitors Bureau BBQ Block Party in Tumon where surveillance video allegedly captured the lt. governor approaching an unsuspecting officer from behind and grabbing the officer’s duty weapon.
In the days following the incident, a contrite Tenorio issued a public apology to the police officer, stating that he saw it as a “teachable moment” and in his defense, claimed the cop’s service weapon was not secured as the holster was undone, so he grabbed the weapon to teach the officer a lesson in public safety.
Since the incident, a complaint has been filed and the Attorney General’s Office confirmed that it is investigating the matter but no formal charges have been brought against the second in command.
Earlier this week, we found representatives of the AG’s Office at the law firm of Fisher & Associates, the same firm reportedly representing Tenorio but our efforts to catch up with Tenorio have been unfruitful.
Today, however, PNC caught up with Tenorio at the Guam Association of Realtors and PNC News gubernatorial debate but when asked for comment on the AG investigation, Tenorio declined an interview and deferred to a statement he would be issuing.
The gubernatorial candidate issued a statement hours later that reads: “I am requesting an expeditious review of, and conclusion to, the matter before the Attorney General. I am confident that I committed no illegal action and the public deserves resolution on this matter. I believe the findings will show that my intent was public safety, as it has always been throughout my career as a former police officer, the former legislative chairman on public safety, and the current overseer of public safety. The matter has been heavily politicized during the election season and I want to set the record straight.”