HPD officer injured by suspected car thief

HPD officer injured by suspected car thief

KAAAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man police arrested Tuesday in Kaaawa for allegedly trying to run over an officer, was not the right man.

The Honolulu Police Lieutenant was on his way to work after court.  He stopped at the 7-Eleven in Pearl City around noon.  He saw a stolen car and confronted the suspect in the parking lot of the store.  A witness told Hawaii News Now that the officer opened the door of the stolen vehicle, told the suspect to get out, and drew his gun.

"At this time, the officer had his weapon out and when the driver reversed and struck the officer, it caused the officer's gun to accidentally discharge," said HPD chief Louis Kealoha.

"When the officer fell down I approached him and asked him if he was alright. I picked up his glasses and he just said call 911. His hand was pretty mangled up from the road. He almost got ran over by the back tire of the car," said a witness who wanted to remain anonymous.

"All of a sudden I heard a gun shot and then I heard a car speed away on Kamehameha Highway," said Kevin Serdenia, a delivery truck driver.

Police later spotted a vehicle in Kaaawa that matched the description of the car involved.  The Department of Education put Kaaawa Elementary under lockdown for about 90 minutes.

A 23-year-old man was taken away, but police say it was not the driver in Pearl City.

The officer was taken to the hospital in serious condition. He has been on the force for more than 20 years and is now on administrative leave which is standard procedure when a weapon is discharged.

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