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Honolulu Police Sgt. on desk duty after accidental shooting in a bar

Shooting reported at King's Sports Bar Shooting reported at King's Sports Bar
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A 40-year old woman is in serious condition after being shot in the abdomen, allegedly by an off-duty Honolulu Police Officer.

Sergeant Anson Kimura is a 25-year veteran of the force, a well-known, well-liked officer assigned to the Chinatown district. He is on desk duty after his 38-caliber revolver went off inside Kings Sports Bar just before 2 a.m. on Friday.

The victim works at the bar. She was taken to the Queens Medical Center.

"It appears the handgun was accidentally discharged," says Honolulu Police Deputy Chief Dave Kajihiro, "This case is currently classified as an assault in the second degree, and the officer's police powers have been restricted."

Police sources say the revolver is his department approved, off-duty weapon and that he is known to take the gun out when out with friends.

"I'm appalled at that situation," says State Senator Will Espero, "It's outrageous that somehow a loaded firearm would be out of a holster in a bar, while an individual is off-duty. I cannot imagine, what circumstances that could happen unless someone was just showing off."

Espero supports a bill that is currently moving through the legislature that would make it a crime, a misdemeanor, to recklessly handle a loaded gun while intoxicated. Lawmakers are still working out the details of H-B 888.

HPD does already have a similar policy in place but Senator Espero says it doesn't go far enough to protect the public and other officers who may also be in danger.

"HPD needs to change its policy," says Espero, who wants the department to forbid officers from drinking altogether while carrying a loaded gun.

When I asked HPD Deputy Chief Kajihiro if Sgt. Kimura was drinking Friday morning when the woman was shot, he said that was still under investigation.

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