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Police chief discusses precinct shooting

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Chief of Police Fred Bordallo addressed island media late this afternoon to discuss the latest with the investigation into Monday's shooting that occurred inside the Hagatna Precinct. During processing murder suspect Dumitru Lobanov was able to grab the gun from the holster of a female detention officer while she was trying to fingerprint him.

The only other person in the room was a detective who is alleged to have pulled out his gun and ordered the suspect to drop the weapon, but instead Lobanov shot himself.

Since the shocking incident, the police chief has placed the two officers on administrative leave and is reviewing the Guam Police Department's policies, such as whether detention officers should remain armed with a weapon. He said, "There's been 13,500 arrestees since the year 2000, and it just takes this one sort of accident that led to tragic death that has our agency have to react and reevaluate the policy now and make some changes so we can reduce the probability of any other arrestees doing anything.

"Our detention officers won't be armed."

Lobanov was a member of the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the USS Frank Cable. He was accused of shooting his wife in the face. The investigation into the incident continues.

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