Murder suspect forces police to shut down H-1 Freeway in Kalihi

Murder suspect forces police to shut down H-1 freeway in Kalihi
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KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police closed westbound lanes of the H-1 Freeway in Kalihi early Monday after a man fleeing from an altercation threatened to jump from a freeway overpass.

It all started about 5 a.m., when two men were fighting in the parking lot of the Aloha Gas station on School Street.

One man was critically injured and later died at the hospital.

Witnesses say the suspect, 19-year-old Rimoni Pologa-Seiuli, was seen running from police. At the Gulick Avenue overpass, the suspect climbed the rail and that's when negotiations began.

Barefoot, the man stood on the ledge, alternating between standing up and yelling at officers, to sitting and straddling the rail while talking to them.

Traffic backed up for miles.

At 7:45 a.m., the man turned and jumped, but one of the Honolulu police officers grabbed his legs, and then wrapped his arms around the man's waist.

Other officers started grabbing his feet and together they pulled the man safely over the rail before piling on top of him to handcuff him.

Sefo Aupito, who lives close to the Aloha Gas station, said police and detectives flocked to scene to investigate the beating.

"It was chaos," he said.

Pologa-Seiuli was arrested for second-degree murder and warrants. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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