Cop who fatally shot girlfriend also died after shooting himself

An on-duty police officer who fatally shot his girlfriend at the Mailman & Kara law office in Garapan before noon today, Friday, was pronounced dead later in the hospital at 12:56pm, the Department of Public Safety confirmed.

DPS commissioner James Deleon Guerrero identified the officer as Police Officer 1 Christopher S. Santos and the girlfriend as Joanna T. Vitug.

Deleon Guerrero said Santos and Vitug engaged in a minor verbal altercation before the officer fired his DPS-issued gun at her before shooting himself on the head.

More details to follow.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at

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