HONOKOHAU, Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three teenage males are recovering from gunshot injuries after police say one of them struck a Maui officer with his truck early Sunday morning. The incident began when officers got a call about gunfire at Windmill Beach.
Some passengers in a vehicle told police a Toyota pick-up was involved in the shooting. Investigators say that pick-up then sped towards police; hit an officer, other officers fired shots at the truck, which later stopped at the Honolua Bay lookout.
Police say there were five people in the pick-up. An unidentified 18-year-old Kihei man was shot once in each shoulder. He was transported to Queens Medical Center on Oahu where he is reported to be in stable condition.
Police have arrested 19-year-old Austin Pierman of Kihei, who investigators identified as the driver. Pierman was shot behind the left ear and police recovered the bullet as evidence. He faces charges of attempted murder. He was released pending further investigation.
"The third one is a 17-year-old; he was shot in the buttock. He was treated and released" said Lt. Tivoli S. Faaumu of the Maui Police Department.
As for the officer hit, Maui police say his injuries are minor. He was treated by a paramedic and released.