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Policeman arrested for murdering fellow officer

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Police Officer Mark Torre, Jr. was magistrated in the Northern Satellite Court this afternoon. He was arrested late yesterday for the murder of another police officer.

A roadblock and a caravan of unmarked law enforcement vehicles were seen leaving the Hagatna Precinct on Monday night - what GPD spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia confirms was done for security purposes involving an arrest. Immediately following, the Guam Police Department issued a press release stating one of their own had been arrested for murder - the victim: another police officer.    

The case is connected to a shooting that occurred along Chalan Tomas Andai Street in Yigo. The victim was identified as 38-year-old Eibert Piolo. The alleged shooter was Mark Torre, Jr. In court today, Torre was formally charged with murder as a first degree felony, manslaughter as a first degree felony, and two counts of aggravated assault. Each charge is accompanied by a special allegation for possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

According to the magistrates complaint, it was just after 2am Monday when Piolo phoned in his call for help. In 911 recordings, Piolo is heard moaning and details he was shot in the chest and bleeding out and to hurry. When asked by the dispatcher who is with him, he says Mark Torre before the phone call disconnects.

Piolo calls a second time - this time he's asked to put Mark Torre on the line. Torre confirms he is Mark Torre, Jr. and when asked what happened he states, "He's very feisty ma'am. He's very feisty." Torre confirmed he was applying pressure to the wound and then states. "Ma'am, bring everybody here." Piolo is then audible saying "LT, help me I'm dying. I'm dying. He shot me. He shot me."

Mark Torre, Sr. Then takes the phone and gives directions to the Yigo home.

First responders to the scene observed the two men outside the house both covered in blood with Piolo slumped in Torre's arms. Piolo sustained a single gunshot wound an inch below his right armpit. He was then rushed to the Guam Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:22am.

A responding officer wearing a body camera observed Torre appeared to be intoxicated. When asked what happened, Torre stated, "Nothing shouldn't have been this. I never pointed it at him." Torre went on to detail an argument Piolo had with an unknown female before stating, "People are going to think I shot him."

Torre became distraught and hyperventilated prompting medics to treat him and later transport him to naval hospital. Under his shirt, he was seen wearing an empty firearms holster.

On Piolo's Tacoma truck parked outside the Yigo home, police observed blood droplets and puddles of blood along the driveway. Inside the truck, an expended shell casing was recovered from the center console and a black colored pistol on the driver's side dashboard. The gun reportedly belonged to Torre.

Piolo was 38-years old and was on the force for over 15 years. He was also a percussionist for local band Soul Vibes and recently started the clothing line Good Vibez. He was a husband and father to four children.

As for 30-year-old Torre, he has been with GPD for last five and a half years and recently graduated from SWAT training with his father who is a lieutenant in GPD. Because he is a law enforcement officer, security accommodations were made for his detention. Department of Corrections deputy director Carla Borja adds extra security including transport was recommended after the assessment of the totality of the situation with the defendant and victim. Torre is being held on $500,000 cash bail. His next court hearing is set for July 24.

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