HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 35-year-old man with a prior criminal record was last reported in critical condition after he was shot several times by a police officer responding a report of a domestic argument in Kalihi Valley Friday morning.
According to police, the incident happened at around 11 a.m., when officers responded to a call of a man arguing with family members in the front yard of a Machado Street home.
"The male, who appeared agitated, was armed with a foot long sharp metal stake," said Deputy Police Chief Dave Kajihiro.
"The weapon is a foot-long, heavy steel object that comes to a sharp point at the end," said police Maj. Richard Robinson.
According to Kajihiro, the man immediately approached one of the responding officers and threatened him with the weapon.
"As the officer exited his vehicle, the male raised the stake overhead, and was within a few feet of the officer when the officer drew and fired his weapon," said Kajihiro.
Police said the officer fired multiple shots, which hit the man in the upper body. One neighbor recalled hearing three or four gunshots.
"I was at home. I was cooking," said Donna Dara. "And then I heard gunshots. So I ran over here and looked and there was a police officer standing there and the guy was on the ground, so I was pretty worried."
Dara said another woman yelled at officers after the shooting, saying they were "trigger-happy." She too, threatened officers.
"Immediately after the shooting, a female relative of the injured male picked up the metal stake and threatened the officer," said Kajihiro.
The woman was identified as 54-year-old Nadeen Lane, the mother of the injured man. She was arrested and booked on a charge of first-degree terroristic threatening.
The man was identified as 35-year-old Ralph Riveira, Jr., also known as Kulika. He has a prior criminal record of seven convictions, including six felony charges of burglary and theft.
Police also said they had been called to the house before for domestic argument calls, including two incidents last year.
HPD said the officer involved in the shooting is a 21-year veteran of the force. He was unhurt in the incident. He was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.