KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) - A preliminary investigation into a shootout that left a suspect dead has found that the two officers involved had followed proper protocol.
The Maui News reports Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu says the officers did exactly as they had been trained when they were confronted by a fugitive following a traffic stop Saturday in Wailuku.
The shooting occurred when police recognized the passenger of the vehicle as 46-year-old Shawn Akamine, who was wanted on a warrant. Akamine got out of the vehicle and started shooting at officers.
Police say the officers returned fire and struck Akamine, who then shot himself. Akamine was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he later died.
The two officers involved remain on paid administrative leave.
Faaumu says police are continuing to investigate the shooting.