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Honolulu police shoot and injure suspected auto thief

Carolyn Bello Carolyn Bello
Honolulu Police Department (HPD) Captain Letha DeCaires Honolulu Police Department (HPD) Captain Letha DeCaires

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

KAPALAMA (HawaiiNewsNow) - For a second straight weekend and the third time this month, Honolulu Police opened fire on a driver. 

It happened around 10:30 a.m. in the Kapalama area near the Kamehameha Shopping Center.

Hawaii News Now was the first at the scene, and got exclusive video of the 21-year-old driver as paramedics wheeled him into an ambulance just after officers opened fire on him.

"We heard what sounded like fireworks or firecrackers or whatever and I heard 3 shots," said Carolyn Bello, a witness.

"He was shot in the upper right area of his ribs is my understanding at this time," said Honolulu Police Department (HPD) Captain Letha DeCaires.

Honolulu police say the suspect nearly hit a plainclothes officer while driving a stolen white Neon. He had a female passenger.

Undercover officers found the couple after following a stolen gray truck, which turned into Makuahine Place. When police caught up, they found the truck, unoccupied, next to the Neon. Two other men were nearby. One of them was arrested on four warrants.

"The white neon immediately as they got out of their vehicles, revved their engines, squealed their tires and made motions to try and exit the area," said Capt. DeCaires.

That's when the car nearly hit the plainclothes officer who approached them. As police arrested the wounded driver, the woman fled, but later turned herself in. The driver is in stable condition. Police say he has four prior misdemeanor convictions, and will face multiple felony charges.

Investigators are looking into whether the suspects knew the undercover officers who swarmed them were police officers.

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