WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Maui police officer may have shot and killed a man because the officer thought he was pointing a semi-automatic handgun at him.
Police say Marshall Langford, 31, was in a stolen vehicle in a Kihei parking lot Tuesday when he pointed the handgun at the officer.
Maui County spokesperson Rod Antone tells Hawaii News Now that the handgun turned out to be an air soft pellet gun. Antone also says that a sawed-off shotgun was in the front seat of the car in plain view.
The Maui Police Department on Friday released a photo of the shotgun and the pellet gun. Police say they also recovered a glass pipe used to smoke meth from the stolen car.
Langford's family has claimed that he was reaching for a cellphone not a gun.
Langford has 18 prior convictions from 2004 to 2006, according to state records. They include theft, criminal property damage, drug violations and car break-ins.
The police officer who fired his weapon is an 18-year veteran of the Maui Police Department, assigned to the Kihei Patrol. He is on administrative leave pending an investigation as part of standard procedure by MPD.