Big Island man was not shot by police after all

Big Island man was not shot by police after all

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man accused of trying to run down Hawaii Police officers was not shot as originally thought.

38-year old Riley Asuncion was arrested for attempted murder.  He has not been charged.

The alleged confrontation started in Hilo Monday morning.  Someone called 911 about a domestic violence situation inside a pink SUV.

Hawaii Police officers found the SUV near Pana'ewa but the driver refused to stop.  Assistant Chief Henry Tavares says Asuncion drove at two officers. One opened fire.  Asuncion was bruised by debris.  He was treated at the hospital and taken to the Hilo cell block.

The 30-year old woman who was part of the initial call was able to escape before police caught up to the SUV.

The officer who fired, a 6-year veteran of the force, and the other officer at the scene are now on desk duty while the investigation continues.  That is standard procedure after a deadly force confrontation.

Asuncion has a long criminal record.  He has 21 convictions which include burglary, domestic abuse, and terroristic threatening.

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