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Truck Owner Laments Police Shooting

Truck wreckage at Haleiwa Bridge following Tuesday's police shooting. Truck wreckage at Haleiwa Bridge following Tuesday's police shooting.
Levi Rosete Levi Rosete

(KHNL) - He worked long and hard to earn enough money to buy his first truck. But just a few weeks later, a Kalihi man's precious pick-up was stolen and shot at.

KHNL News 8's Minna Sugimoto spoke with the man whose truck was in the middle of Tuesday's police shooting in Haleiwa.

Here's what's left of 22-year-old Levi Rosete's precious pick-up, a Nissan Frontier he bought used just a few weeks ago.

"It's very important 'cause this is my first truck, and I work hard, Monday to Friday, 6 to 5," Rosete said. "Monday, when I just get home from work, I saw my car was gone."

The very next day, officers spotted the stolen truck in Haleiwa. Investigators say the driver threw the pick-up into reverse, and plowed into a patrol sergeant's SUV. The sergeant fired a bullet into one of the tires.

Police later told Rosete they found his stolen vehicle. The news was bittersweet.

"I saw the truck, but the truck was different," Rosete said. "The back was smashed, and then the tire. I felt so bad."

When he looked further, he noticed the suspects had left several items behind.

"Inside the truck, get plenty bags like that, get three cell phones inside, get baseball bat," he said.

The sergeant who fired the shot is on administrative leave. As heart-broken as Rosete is, he says the officer did the right thing.

"If he not going to do that, maybe they going to do more worse. That's why it's okay for me," he said.

Police arrested 21-year-old Dempsy Macaraeg on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer, driving a stolen car and drug offenses.

Officers also took 20-year-old Brandon Revilla and 19-year-old April Ringor into custody. The three remain at H.P.D's main cellblock.

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