Federal agent in Hawaii for APEC security charged with murdering Kailua man

Christopher Deedy
Christopher Deedy
Kollin Elderts
Kollin Elderts

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A federal agent accused of shooting and killing a man at a McDonald's in Waikiki over the weekend is back on the streets. Christopher Deedy, who has been in Hawaii in preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, was released from Honolulu police custody Monday after he posted $250,000 bail.

The special agent with the US Department of State is charged with second-degree murder and a firearms offense. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance at Honolulu District Court November 17th.

Hawaii politicians are now weighing in on the high-profile shooting.

Investigators say Deedy, 27, drew his weapon and fired during a fight with Kollin Elderts, 23, at the McDonald's on Kuhio Avenue early Saturday. An autopsy found the victim from Kailua bled to death from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The US Department of State confirmed that the agent was on Oahu to support the protection of dignitaries for APEC.

"We do have established procedures for any agent who has engaged in the use of deadly force, either on duty or off duty," Victoria Nuland, State Department spokesperson, said. "The incident has been referred to our Office of Professional Responsibility, and he's on administrative leave while these procedures go forward."

"Obviously, anybody who is trained to carry a weapon and to protect the public has an obligation to meet the highest standard," Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii (D), said. "The facts in this case are pretty sketchy, but the result is obvious. A young man is dead."

"I am confident that the Honolulu Police Department will handle this matter properly to ensure that justice is served, and that our community will be respectful and considerate of both the Elderts family and the national and international spotlight which is upon our beloved Hawaii this week," US Sen. Daniel Inouye, Hawaii (D), said.

Police recovered a knife at the scene and are investigating whether the victim was armed with it during the confrontation.

Sources say both men had been drinking that night.

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