HPD: Man pointed Airsoft gun at officers during attempted robbery, prompting live fire

KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police say a 35-year-old man who was fired upon by officers while allegedly attempting to rob a 7-Eleven store on Sunday was carrying an Airsoft gun instead of a real firearm at the time of the incident.

In a press conference Monday afternoon, police said the suspect, David Kinikini, was carrying an Airsoft gun when entered the convenience store at the intersection of Dillingham Boulevard and North King Street at around 8:50 p.m. Customers and employees ran out of the store and called police, reporting an armed suspect.

Police arrived within minutes to find Kinikini trapped inside the store. Two officers, believing the firearm to be real, said they fired one shot each after Kinikini pointed the weapon at them.

He was not hit by a bullet, but he did faint, authorities would later say.

Police arrested Kinikini on two counts of first-degree attempted murder on a law enforcement officer and one count of first-degree robbery.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

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