Search for fugitive ends tragically
Wednesday, February 25th 2015, 5:30 PM ChST
Guam - For more than an hour, residents in the Liguan Terrace area of Dededo were asked to stay inside their homes as law enforcement officials were on the hunt for a fugitive. The search, however, ended tragically.
Just before 11:30 Wednesday morning the Superior Court of Guam's Special Enforcement Team was executing a warrant for 29-year-old Alejandro Abratique. He was believed to be inside a home along Mariposa Lane. "They were able to enter the residence however the suspect was, had locked himself in one of the rooms," said GPD spokesman Officer AJ Balajadia. "There was an attempt to open the door - the report or what it appeared they heard was a possible gun shot," he added.
Balajadia a said safety perimeter was set and a call for back up was made immediately. Responding were officers from the Dededo Precinct and the Criminal Justice Strike Force. "Several attempts were made to get the suspect to respond to questions however there was no answer to any of the attempts," he added.
The strike force would eventually break the door open to gain entrance, inside they found Abratique with what appeared to be a self inflicted single gunshot wound to the chest. The weapon was recovered on the scene. Although residents in the area told KUAM they had heard gunshots fired, KUAM has confirmed that no shots were fired from any law enforcement officer that were on the scene. Abratique has been wanted by local law enforcement officials since last September after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest for violating the conditions of his probation.