A Filipino man is facing a half million dollar bail after he was arrested in the shooting deaths of two young men in Guam.
Joseph Nicholas Sagdal, 24, chased after four men in a car Sunday evening, shooting them with a handgun after one of them shot him in the face with a slingshot during an argument at a parking lot of an apartment complex in Harmon, Pacific Daily News reported.
Two of the men Sagdal shot were killed.
Sagdal, who identified himself as a shooting instructor, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder as a first-degree felony, according to the magistrate’s complaint filed in the Superior Court of Guam Tuesday.
“I felt as though I shouldn’t have used my gun in this situation, but I was afraid for my life. I regret not resolving this another way,” Sagdal was quoted in court documents.
A handgun registered to Sagdal was confiscated, and he was booked and confined, according to Sgt. Paul Tapao, acting police spokesman. The handgun confiscated was a 9 mm Canik TP-9, documents state.
Tuesday, Judge Benjamin Sison, Jr. set Sagdal’s bail at $500,000 cash, as requested by prosecutors. Sandal’s attorney, David Lujan, said he will file a motion to modify bail.
Assistant Attorney General Jeremy Kemper asked for the high bail amount, based on to the seriousness of the allegations, including the two deaths and the number of shots fired in a busy area.
Chief medical examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola completed an autopsy on Monday on one of the men who died. Brokey Thamaso, 18, died of a gunshot wound to the head, and the death was classified as a homicide, Espinola said.
The autopsy for the other man, A.M. Mwrecheong, was incomplete. Espinola said he cannot determine the fata wound because he could not locate the bullet, and hinted that the doctor treating the victim could have removed it. The doctor said he plans to perform an X-ray Wednesday to try to locate the bullet.
Sagdal told investigators he was at the apartments that night to repay a $20 debt. While waiting outside, Thamaso shot him in the face for unknown reasons, the complaint states. The defendant then grabbed his gun case from the back seat of his car, then removed and readied his gun by loading a live magazine and chambering a round, the complaint states.
Sagdal testified that he pursued the car, and said Thamaso got out of the car near Route 16 and taunted him. Sagdal said leaned out of the driver’s window and shot at the vehicle an unknown number of times, court documents read.
Sagdal told investigators he fired more shots at the vehicle while the man outside the vehicle tried, and failed, to get back inside, the complaint states. He added that he continued to pursue the Sentra, pulled a U-turn, stopped in the middle of Route 16 and fired a couple of more shots at the vehicle, the complaint states.
After he was done shooting, Sagdal unloaded his gun and set it on top of the vehicle, the complaint states.
Chief Cruz on Monday said police do not believe the shooting was racially motivated, and authorities continue to investigate the relationship between the alleged shooter and those who were killed.
Sagdal’s next court hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Dec. 29 in front of Judge Alberto Lamorena III.