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Witnesses describe terrifying moments before gunfire erupted on Tantalus Drive

Carolyn Carley Carolyn Carley
Jordan Carley-Windeler Jordan Carley-Windeler

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

TANTALUS (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man accused of pointing a gun at motorists on Tantalus Drive Sunday was shot multiple times by an FBI agent who happened to be in the area on his day off. The suspect was last reported to be in critical condition.

"We heard pop, pop, pop, pop," Carolyn Carley, witness, said. "Four gunshots."

An ambulance took Martin Boegel, 27, away from the scene with multiple gunshot wounds.

Earlier, near a lookout on Tantalus Drive, witnesses say Boegel was pouring gas onto the road and threatening motorists with a gun. Carley was driving in the area with her two young sons in the car.

"When he turned on us and pointed the gun right at us, I told the boys, 'Duck, duck, you guys, duck,'" she said.

"Once he pointed it at us, I didn't know what to expect," Jordan Carley-Windeler, 12, said. "I didn't know if he was going to shoot or not."

"Then he pointed it at himself right there in the temple," Carolyn Carley said. "Then I realized he really is crazy."

Carolyn Carley pulled into the driveway of a home nearby and called 911.

Police say an off-duty FBI agent happened to come upon the scene and ordered Boegel to drop his weapon. The agent opened fire when the suspect allegedly pointed the gun towards him.

"Then we heard four gunshots and I just said, 'We're outta here boys,'" Carolyn Carley said.

The FBI agent was not hurt.

Witnesses say they initially thought Boegel was a police officer, based on the way he was dressed.

"The dark navy blue and dark navy pants and then the belt I could see with all the gadgets," Carolyn Carley said.

Just three days ago, Boegel was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus. He was released after posting $100 bail.

Following the shooting at Tantalus, police sealed off the suspect's house on Thurston Avenue. Members of his family's church arrived to take his mother to the hospital.

"He's a great kid. He's most helpful around here. He always keeps the garbage cleaned up for everybody and everything, you know," Mike Savage, suspect's neighbor, said. "Wow, what a shock."

Sources say Boegel was armed with an air soft gun.

"Yeah, I knew he had a BB gun," Savage said. "Wow."

An FBI spokesperson says the agent who shot him has an outstanding reputation.

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