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Day 19: Prosecutor cross examines Christopher Deedy

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Christopher Deedy recounted the moments leading up to the deadly shooting in 2011 while watching the surveillance video from the Waikiki McDonald's.

"I've watched this video, hundreds, if not more times. I see it when I close my eyes and when I try to sleep at night," said Deedy.

The federal agent said Kollin Elderts attacked after the Kailua man and Shane Medeiros assaulted his friend.

"He hit me hard and fast. The best way I can describe it is it was like a spear tackle," said Deedy. "He drove me into the air, I landed on the floor, and I hit my head."

Deedy told the court that he got back up and when he grabbed his pistol, Elderts reached for the gun. The special agent said he fired once and missed. He also demonstrated how Elderts knocked him to the ground again.

"As he was straddling me he was delivering blows to my head," recalled Deedy. "I pulled my arm, canted my weapon, and as he put his hand back on my gun I was able to fire two shots."

During cross examination the prosecutor kept asking Deedy why he didn't leave before the scuffle.

"At this point in time, there had been no federal crime committed, correct?" questioned deputy prosecutor Janice Futa.

"I would say no," replied Deedy.

"And at this point in time, you could have told your friends, 'Let's get out of here and go," said Futa.

"I could have done many things," Deedy responded.

Deedy said it would have been irresponsible to back out.

"I responded to the situation I was observing. By responding, I was responsible for the outcome of the situation," he said.

The special agent told the jury that he was fighting for his life, but the prosecutor said Deedy was drunk and started the confrontation.

"I knew that my action had not pacified the situation," testified Deedy.

"In fact, you knew that your action had made the situation worse, correct?" questioned Futa.

"Yes, that's what it appeared to me," replied Deedy.

Deedy said that after the shooting he tried to revive Elderts, which was part of his training. The prosecutor, however, noted that the training also taught him how to testify in court and be a good witness.

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