HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 55-year-old man fatally shot by police Thursday had a loaded pistol that was registered to an embattled Honolulu attorney.
It’s not clear how Freddie Joe Whitmore got the weapon.
Police said Whitmore pointed the gun at officers as they were executing a search warrant at a Century Center apartment. Whitmore, 55, was shot several times and died at the hospital.
Sources confirmed to HNN that the gun was registered to attorney Christopher Woo, and that the pistol was never reported stolen.
Now, police are now working to find out how it ended up in the hands of a convicted felon in a suspected drug house. HPD was at the Century Center apartment to serve a narcotics warrant. Meth and heroin were recovered, sources say.
Woo was arrested in June for refusing to cooperate with the federal grand jury investigating ex-Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, a former deputy prosecutor. They have both been indicted on multiple public corruption related charges.
Woo was ensnared in the Kealoha investigation because he represented firefighter Jesse Ebersole, who admitted to lying to the grand jury about a long-term affair with Katherine Kealoha and the gifts she gave him.
Federal authorities say Kealoha used stolen money to finance the affair.
In July, the FBI ordered Woo to bring his cell phone and laptop computer for examination after Ebersole told federal officials that Kealoha told him to lie to the grand jury and that they secretly met in Woo’s office.
But instead of turning over his phone and laptop as ordered, Woo reported both items stolen.
Ken Lawson, of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, said Woo appears to be digging himself a deeper hole with the FBI.
He said Woo could face state and federal charges if he didn’t properly store the pistol ― or if he gave it away.
Whitmore, the man killed in Century Center shooting, has an extensive criminal history.
In 1991, he was convicted of bank robbery in Nevada and sentenced to almost four years in prison. Seven years later, he was again convicted of a bank robbery, this time in Oklahoma. The was sentenced to 15 years.
And in 2015, Whitmore was convicted of domestic battery in Nevada.
He was released from federal custody in 2017 and moved to Honolulu. He was eventually cited here for theft and was scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 28.