Suspect fatally shot by Maui police had been wanted for attempted murder

Suspect fatally shot by Maui police had been wanted for attempted murder

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 26-year-old man fatally shot by Maui police Sunday had been the subject of a weeks-long manhunt, authorities said.

At a news conference Monday, police said a strike team had been assembled to find Kaulana “Toji” Reinhardt after an attempted murder case on Dec. 15.

On Sunday, Reinhardt was fatally shot in Wailuku after a chase. Body cam footage showed that he was armed.

“The hardworking men and women of the Maui Police Department want to make sure they keep the interest of public safety in mind everyday as they come to work," said Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu.

“Please be assured that our officers are here to protect everyone with integrity and compassion as demonstrated by the actions yesterday.”

Acting Assistant Chief Clyde Holokai added the strike team had been assembled to find Reinhardt because authorities believed he posed a threat to public safety.

“Unfortunately, yesterday happened, and what we want to do is bring some light to this situation and share with everybody what we have today with the body cam video of an officer that was involved in the shooting.”

The deadly shooting happened just before 11 a.m. on Kaohu Street.

Maui resident Phina Watson lives just down the road from where the incident unfolded.

“We were just heading out the door and we heard sirens,” she said. "It just was lingering and it sounded like they were just going back and forth."

“And then all of a sudden we heard gunshots, like rounds of gunshots. Lately we’ve been hearing fireworks but this one sounded different,” she continued.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

In addition to the attempted murder case, Reinhardt has had several previous run-ins with the law.

In September, he was found guilty for the unauthorized entry of a vehicle and criminal property damage. Last year, he was convicted of terroristic threatening, burglary and theft. His rap sheet stretches back to 2012.

On Dec. 20, MPD posted this wanted person bulletin online:

WANTED PERSON The Maui Police Department is requesting assistance in locating Kaulana "Toji" Reinhardt, who is wanted...

Posted by Maui Police Department on Thursday, December 20, 2018

This story will be updated when new information comes in.

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