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Police shooting

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By Paul Drewes - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A suspect is hospitalized Tuesday night, not only with a gunshot wound from police, but he is also facing attempted murder charges.

Police swarmed Rycroft Street early in the afternoon, after a wanted man is cornered.

The suspect was driving a black honda civic when police closed in.

Benjamin Hsu was working about fifty feet away in the Ace Auto shop and looked up when he heard yelling.

"It was police officer and he was holding a gun and pointing it at the driver saying stop the car, stop the car," said Hsu.

Witnesses say the car and driver were blocked in and could not escape. But the suspect tried, repeatedly ramming other nearby cars and even a waste oil truck.

"The car was going back and forth," added Hsu.

The incident started around the Ala Moana Shopping Center area, when officers spotted the suspect driving around. He was wanted for a parole violation.

But instead of surrendering, police say, the suspect tried to run over an officer.

"When he drove toward that police officer, the officer fired his weapon one time and struck the male in the upper body area," said Capt. Frank Fujii, with the Honolulu Police Department.

The suspect wasn't the only one in this car, according to witnesses.

"On the passenger side officers pulled out a young girl. They dragged her out of the car, she was crying and screaming," said Hsu.

Police also tried to get the driver out as well, but even wounded, the suspect would not go willingly.

"He was fighting and kicking the officers, resisting arrest," added Hsu.

The suspect will not only be charged with attempted murder of a police officer but a number of other violations as well, including criminal property damage.

The officer who fired the shot, a seven year veteran of the force, has been reassigned while police investigate.

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