Police fatally shoot suspect in Kalihi who allegedly lunged at them with knife

Officers were initially called to investigate a theft complaint.

Police fatally shoot suspect in Kalihi who allegedly lunged at them with knife

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man in his 40s was fatally shot by police outside a Kalihi grocery store early Thursday after officers say he lunged toward them with a knife.

The shooting happened just after midnight in front of Foodland at the Dillingham Plaza.

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said an officer first deployed a Taser, but it didn’t work to stop the suspect.

Two officers then shot the suspect, hitting him multiple times.

The suspect was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition, where he later died.

“He had raised the knife and was coming toward the officers,” Ballard said. “The officers gave multiple commands for him to drop the knife.”

Police were called to the scene after an alleged theft at a nearby convenience store.

Officers found the suspect outside the Foodland.

Ballard said the officers who discharged their weapons had 23 and 10 years of service. The officer who deployed the Taser had 19 years of service.

The officers who discharged their weapons were placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure.

Ballard said authorities don’t yet have any information on the suspect.

The fatal shooting comes exactly a week after a 55-year-old was fatally shot by police at a Century Center apartment.

In that case, police said the suspect was shot after pointing a loaded gun at officers, who were in the unit to execute a search warrant.

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Posted by Hawaii News Now on Thursday, September 27, 2018

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