Man dies after being shot by HPD officer near state Capitol, sources say

“Out of nowhere we just heard four gun shots.”

Man dies after being shot by HPD officer near state Capitol, sources say

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sources tell Hawaii News Now that the man who was shot by police near the state Capitol Sunday morning has died.

Around 8:45 a.m., Honolulu police along with State Sheriffs responded to a call for a disturbance on Punchbowl Street.

Police have not released official details surrounding the incident, but a heavy police presence was seen was across the street from the Capitol, near the entrance to the underground parking lot.

Sources say a homeless man had a weapon when he allegedly attempted to attack an officer. The officer first used a taser on the man which failed to deescalate the situation. Sources say the officer then shot the man.

EMS officials say the man was in his 40s. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition with apparent gunshot wounds where he later died.

Witnesses told Hawaii News Now they heard several gunshots as they were setting up booths for a children’s fair happening in the area. They added that they were told by police the situation may have involved a man with a machete.

“We were setting up camp here getting everything ready to go for children’s and youth day and all of the sudden out of nowhere we just heard four gun shots," Luke Robinson said.

He described the sound as “very distinct" and said, "It was a scary moment for everyone.”

Others at the Children’s Youth Day said if the incident had happened just an hour or two later, it would have been a disturbing sight for the kids.

“A lot of the commotion and noise had calmed down. I don’t think the children or anyone here knows what really happened,” witness Shiraz Dole said.

“I think it is pretty terrifying to know that it happened earlier in the day. What would have happened if it happened later in the day and how that would have impacted all the kids here? This is an event for the kids and for the youth,” Dole added.

This story will be updated.

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