HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department finally released some of the 911 tapes from a deadly shooting spree back in June after recent decisions from two judges. There are nine recorded conversations, but a judge ruled the city only has to make five of them public. Defense lawyers for Toby Stangel tried to stop the release saying he wouldn't be able to get a fair trial, but another judge disagreed.
The rampage on June 3 started on Kapahulu Avenue. Bullets missed a man in an SUV, but Tammy Nguyen, 54, who was driving a minivan was killed. Police said Stangel headed onto the H-1, slamming into Amy Asuncion's car and opening fire. She was critically injured. Investigators said Stangel also shot at Samson Naupoto as he drove by, hitting him in the leg. Then Stangel allegedly shot at officers at a traffic stop near the Aiea off-ramp. Several people called 911 after hearing gunshots in different locations.
HPD Dispatcher: "Hi, police emergency."
Caller: "I just heard some shots fired over on Kapahulu and Kapiolani."
Dispatcher: "How many did you hear?"
Caller: "I don't know, maybe about six or seven shots, maybe more, and a guy was standing over a car, and now the car is on the side of the road."
Caller: "Hi, I need to report gunshots in Kapalama area. I'm assuming it's coming from the Carpenters Union across the street near the park. Either there or the bridge that connects the Farrington tennis courts. Three sets. The first set was like two, then four, then three."
Stangel pleaded not guilty to 20 counts, including murder and attempted murder. The four tapes that aren't being released involve three of the shooting victims and another witness.
The trial has been postponed to the week of December 5.