WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow) – It was a scary scene in the parking lot of the First Hawaiian Bank in Waianae Tuesday afternoon. In broad daylight police shot and killed 36-year-old Reno Velleses of Waianae. Authorities say Velleses was waving a large machete and would not put down the weapon when ordered by police.
"The officers repeatedly asked the male to put the machete down. The suspect refused to comply with repeated commands and instead he ran toward one of the officers and swung at the officer narrowly missing him," said Honolulu Assistant Police Chief, Delbert Tatsuyama.
That's when police say two officers opened fire on Velleses, he was shot several times and died at the hospital. Witnesses describe the suspect as erratic and out of control.
"The guy was just swinging in the air, he said I am ready for anything , anybody," said Donovan Tangonan, who was one of the first witnesses to call 911.
"He was just pacing back and forth. I don't know what was going through his mind. I realized all the police were positioned behind their cars and their weapons were drawn and he turned around and he went full speed toward the cops swinging that knife and then they shot him," said Pat Lum, who witnessed the shooting.
Police say Velleses was on probation, and has a long rap sheet with six convictions, including felony burglary and car theft. Authorities say the incident started just before 2:00 PM, when Velleses attacked a man with the machete behind the First Hawaiian Bank on Analipo Street. Velleses took off running and police caught up with him a few minutes later, that's when the fatal shooting occurred.
Police are still investigating the motive, but witnesses say Velleses went to a halfway house on Analipo Street and attacked a resident.
"He seemed like he was on drugs, his eyes were all rolling back in his head and stuff, he was definitely high," said Lum.