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GPD investigating officer's death

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - The Guam Police Department has launched an investigation into the death of a police officer after an incident occurred last night in Yigo. They're used to responding at any given time to an emergency, but when it's one of your own, it's all the more harder.

Chief of Police Fred Bordallo said, "I remember Officer Perez when he first came to the police department...he really had a good attitude and was very knowledge about the role of policing."

Just after 10 o'clock last night, GPD was called to a home located along Chalan Nika for a report of an injured person. When police arrived they found one of their own, Police Officer Gerard Perez pinned underneath his jeep. He was pronounced dead an hour later.

"We are coping with the loss and it's a loss to the community when a police officer dies and is not here to serve anymore," said the chief.

Criminal Investigation Division agents are looking into whether foul play may have been involved. "We are always concerned about what our officers do both on- and off-duty and we want them to take care of themselves and spend time with their families when they are off because life is precious. This situation with Officer Perez is really a tremendous loss to the police department," he added.

Perez was stationed at the Tumon-Tamuning Precinct and was a member of the Guam Army National Guard.

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