Maui Chief supports officer in fatal shooting

Marshall Langford
Marshall Langford

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta has reiterated his support for the officer who shot and killed an alleged car thief last week.

Wailuku resident Marshall Langford, 31, was shot while sitting in a car parked at a hotel in Kihei.

Police said the car had been stolen and that the officer fired when Langford pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the officer. It later turned an air gun that shoots soft pellets. But police said there was also a sawed-off shotgun in the car within Langford's reach.

"We continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of our department's use of deadly force in this matter, but of parallel concern is for the welfare of my officer, whom I fully support and believe that his actions of discharging his service firearm that led to the death of Marshall Langford was necessary and appropriate, and there has yet to be any data or evidence to suggest otherwise.," Yabuta said in a written statement.

Langford's family believes the officer over reacted. His mother Genevieve Langford met with a reporter from "Maui Now" outside at the morgue in Wailuku Tuesday.

"They could have at least have a negotiator, or even tazer him, or even shot the tires. But they went straight for his head," Genevieve Langford said.

Genevieve Langford added she has not been able to hold her son's body since he was killed.

A spokesman for Maui County told Hawaii News Now the body will be released to the family but only after it is released by the medical examiner.