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Officer-involved shooting; Waikiki

07/31/2014


Shortly after 8 p.m. yesterday, a Honolulu police officer was on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki responding to a report of a city bus that had been rear ended by a vehicle. The officer approached the vehicle, saw the driver consuming an alcoholic beverage, and asked the driver to exit his vehicle. The suspect refused several orders from the officer to get out of his car. Instead the driver made a U-turn in the middle of Kuhio Avenue and sped off, hitting a tree on the sidewalk and narrowly missing pedestrians. The officer ran after the vehicle and again ordered the driver out of the car. The driver again refused and reversed the vehicle, nearly striking the officer.
The officer fired multiple rounds into the vehicle, and the vehicle traveled for two blocks before it hit a second tree, the impact separating the engine block from the vehicle.

Additional HPD officers arrived at the scene and found the driver unresponsive. They rendered CPR until paramedics arrived. The driver, a 52-year-old Manoa resident, was transported to the hospital where he later died.

The officer was not injured. He has been with the department for six years and is assigned to the Waikiki District. As is standard procedure, he has been placed on administrative leave.

No one else was injured during this incident, and no additional vehicles were damaged. Kuhio Avenue at 8 p.m. has a steady stream of pedestrians and traffic, and it's fortunate that no one on the sidewalk or crossing the street was injured.