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DepCor Officer being held on $100K bail

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - The Department of Corrections officer arrested for allegedly shooting a gun multiple times in Malojloj near the 76 gas station in the southern village Wednesday evening was magistrated in the Superior Court on Friday. Court documents state John Paul Taijeron, Jr. allegedly shot his duty weapon in the air.

Guam Police officers responded to the incident. The complaint goes on to state a GPD patrol vehicle drove passed Taijeron, who was apparently walking along the road, and observed him allegedly fire three shots at the officers. Court documents then state the patrol vehicle immediately drove further up the road and blocking traffic.

Throughout the incident documents state police learned Taijeron and his wife had gotten into an argument before he left the house and allegedly began shooting his gun in the air.

After Taijeron was arrested, documents point out authorities recovered 26 spent shell casings in the area, including three on the roadside where the officers claim they had been fired upon. The complaint states authorities also located an empty silver gun magazine and a 9mm firearm that DepCor confirmed was issued to Taijeron for recertification or emergencies authorized by his supervisors. Documents state he was not authorized to remove the weapon from the correctional facility.

Taijeron is being held on a $100,000 bail. He faces charges of two counts of attempted murder as a 1st degree felony with special allegations of possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, two counts of aggravated assault with as a 3rd degree felony, two counts of assault on a peace officer as a 3rd degree felony, possession of a firearm without an identification card and unlawful discharge of a firearm as a misdemeanor.

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