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Police Shoot Man In Ma'ili

(KHNL) - Honolulu police officers did everything they could to prevent a standoff in Maili to end the way it did. That's according to both police and witnesses. A S.W.A.T. officer shot and killed 47-year old Tracy Peters after a standoff lasting more than an hour on Kaukama Road.

Police say Peters fired at officers several times. One officer was grazed by shotgun pellets, but was not seriously hurt.

"You don't expect to have gunshots right here, it's not an everyday thing," said one resident. "To actually witness it, it was really scary."

It started around 6:45 p.m. Saturday night. Witnesses say Peters was firing shots in the air.

"He was pissed man, he seemed like he wasn't gonna give into the cops," said the witness. "He was telling the first cop 'I know you're the sharpshooter, so shoot me between the eyes' and the cop told him 'bra, I'm not gonna do that, you know what i mean, just put down the weapon."

Peters eventually put down his gun, but police say he reached for two more handguns. That's when police opened fire.

"When he raised his handgun and pointed it toward in the direction of the officer, the officer has every right to protect himself," said Capt. Frank Fujii, of the Honolulu Police Department.

"I thought when he put his gun on the hood, he was gonna give in, but he grabbed another gun, and it was like oh man," said the witness. "He fired some rounds in the air, then all of a sudden you hear two more shots and the cops swarmed in on him."

A SWAT officer shot Peters. The officer is a 15-year veteran of the force, and is now on administrative leave. Peters has 23 prior convictions, including firearms charges, assault, and a murder conviction in 1978.

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