Suspect in officer-involved shooting was wanted following Kakaako incident

A man was critically injured Thursday in an officer-involved shooting in Waikele. (Image:...
A man was critically injured Thursday in an officer-involved shooting in Waikele. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Published: Feb. 22, 2019 at 12:01 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The manhunt for a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting in Kakaako on Thursday afternoon ended with more gunfire hours later, when an officer shot the man after he pulled out a gun.

The officer-involved shooting — the second involving Honolulu police in two days — happened at a housing complex on Lumiaina Street in Waikele about 5 p.m.

Waikele resident Alvin Lum said he watching TV when the shooting happened.

“I was just thinking (it was) some domestic issue as usual,” he said, “And then all of a sudden I hear gunshots, probably four of five, maybe even more.”

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard confirmed that the 37-year-old suspect involved was wanted in connection with a shooting earlier in the day in Kakaako.

Police were called to that scene about 3 p.m., after the suspect went to a business near Kawaiahao Church looking for his estranged wife.

He didn’t find her there, but got into an argument with the owner of the business and fired a shot toward the floor. He also set a small fire before fleeing, officials said.

Police issued an all points bulletin for the man, who was found in a truck at his residence in Waikele hours later.

Ballard said plainclothes officers ordered the man to get out of the truck and raise his hands, and he appeared to be complying. But the suspect then allegedly pulled a gun, she said.

“He exited the vehicle and faced the officer (and then) he pulled a firearm from his waistband and pointed it at the officer,” Ballard said. “One of the officers fired several shots at the suspect.”

Waikele resident Daniel Cottrell saw the suspect being loaded into the ambulance.

“Just shaking a little bit because this has never happened to me so close to home,” he said. "I always see it on the news, media, websites, but it’s never happened so close to home so just a little shaken.”

Sources say that the suspect has several terroristic threatening cases against him and a hearing scheduled for a temporary restraining order.

The shooting is the second involving Honolulu police in two days.

On Wednesday night, officers fatally shot a man after he ignored their commands and drove his vehicle toward them. Also this week, a sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man at the state Capitol after an “extreme struggle,” authorities said.

Residents say the incidents have them on edge.

“Nervous, scared, why are so many guns here?” said Waikele resident Donald Murry.

"Officers should protect themselves and I agree with them protecting themselves, but the criminal or the alleged criminals, the people around now ... they’re just doing whatever they want to.”

This story will be updated.

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