HONOLULU (KHNL) - A Honolulu police officer was awarded his department's third highest honor Wednesday for helping to disarm a knife-wielding man in Mililani.
Officer William Malina received the Warrior Bronze Medal of Valor. He was off-duty when he jumped into action four years ago.
Police say a 24-year-old man, armed with two knives, started threatening people at a softball tournament at Kipapa Park. Malina and a fellow officer grabbed softball bats and joined a group of civilians in subduing the suspect, who later died while in police custody.
"I have conflicting emotions because, you know, a human life was taken. He's someone's son," Malina said. "I'm sure he was a good person. But at that given time, he just wasn't in his right state of mind."