Hilo man fatally shot by police had troubled past

Hilo man fatally shot by police had troubled past

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Court records show a Hilo man who was shot and killed by police this week had been awaiting a mental health examination and substance abuse treatment.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that the evaluation and treatment for Kalyp Rapoza had been ordered in a contempt of court case, in which he allegedly failed to comply with court orders related to a marijuana conviction.

Rapoza was killed by an officer responding to a disturbance report at a Hilo home Monday. Police say the officer encountered a man wielding a knife and a pit bull that had earlier chased paramedics into their vehicle when he fired several shots, killing Rapoza and the dog.

The Hawaii Police Department officer has been placed on administrative leave.

The shootings remain under investigation.

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