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Police tazer and shoot woman who allegedly attacked officers

Kathy Viniegas Kathy Viniegas

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

MAKIKI (KHNL) - A woman on Oahu is in critical condition at The Queen's Medical Center, after police say officers tazered, then shot her.

It happened early Friday morning in Makiki. It's the second police-shooting in less than a week.

Chalk circles on Kalakaua Avenue and King Street mark the area where police say a 45-year-old woman with no known address was shot. A man, who wants to remain anonymous, said he witnessed the whole thing.

"From what it appears, she was going through some type of schizophrenic episode. There was extreme mental illness coming out. There was nobody else around, she was screaming, yelling crying," he said.

Security at the Continental Building called police to report the woman. Three officers arrived around 2:00 a.m. Police say the woman was armed with a steel rod and a metal barbecue skewer, and lunged at the officers. One officer tazered her, another one fired two shots. One of the bullets pierced the woman's abdomen.

"Only thing I don't understand is if she were tazered, why didn't this tazer work on a homeless girl that wasn't any taller than 5 1/2 foot, 120 pounds?" said the anonymous witness.

"They have to protect themselves and other people around. She could've turned around and gone for someone else," said Kathy Viniegas, a nearby business owner.

Only five days earlier at a 711 in Makaha, an off-duty officer shot a 25-year-old man who allegedly threatened to kill him. That officer, as well as the one who fired shots at the woman in Makiki, are on administrative leave pending the Honolulu Police Department's investigation.

Police say the officer who shot the woman is a 10-year veteran. When asked why he fired his gun when his colleague tazered the woman, a police spokesperson said that's all under investigation.

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