HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police fatally shot a 26-year-old woman early Friday after she allegedly rammed into a police SUV and put officers on foot in “great danger” of being hit, authorities said.
The woman was identified as Ashley Elisna Grammer, of Hilo.
Police said she was a fugitive wanted on two $50,000 warrants.
The shooting happened about 1 a.m. in Puna near an area known as Honolulu Landing when officers spotted a 1998 Toyota 4-Runner parked on a narrow dirt trail near the ocean.
As officers were trying to get out of their vehicle, the 4-Runner reversed, ramming the front end of the police Chevy Tahoe and knocking one officer from the vehicle, said assistant Big Island Police Chief Mitch Kanehailua.
Kanehailua said the SUV rammed the police vehicle numerous times, putting two officers on foot who were nearby “in great danger of being run over. As the incident continued, three officers fired at and into the vehicle."
The shooting comes amid an unusually violent year on Hawaii Island.
In July, Officer Bronson Kaliloa was fatally shot during a traffic stop.
The suspect in that shooting injured another officer in a separate incident before being fatally shot by police.
In June, during a stolen vehicle investigation, police fired 11 shots at Shilo Brent in Panaewa after they say he reached for something in the car.
And a month earlier, two officers opened fire at Joseph Paul Branco — when the 32 year old drove a stolen vehicle towards them in upper Puna. Branco was not injured.
Police sad the driver fatally shot early Friday died at the scene.
She was well known to police, and had had several run-ins with the law.
A 22-year-old female passenger in the 4-Runner was not injured. She was questioned and released, pending an investigation.
Police said the 4-Runner had fake plates and was determined to have been stolen from a business in Hilo.
The three officers who fired at the SUV have between one and seven years of service. None of the officers were injured. They’ll all be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
This story will be updated.