Suspect in officer-involved shooting had been accused of domestic violence

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Published: Feb. 23, 2019 at 9:32 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 37-year-old man shot by police Thursday night in Waikele does not have a criminal record, but does have a series of serious domestic violence complaints.

The suspect ― identified as Casey Asato ― remains in critical condition at the hospital after being shot at least three times. Police say he was shot after pointing a gun at an officer, and faces charges including attempted

Hawaii News Now has learned Asato was due in court because of a temporary restraining order that detailed years of alleged abuse. Asato had reportedly used a handgun to threaten his estranged wife over the last few years.

Police launched a manhunt for Asato on Thursday afternoon after he allegedly fired a round then tried to set fire to his estranged wife’s Kakaako workplace.

The owner said he was slightly burned putting out the fire, but is OK.

Earlier in the day, Asato and his estranged wife had argued at the business and she called police, then left.

The Domestic Violence Action Center was assisting the woman, and CEO Nanci Kreidman says the incidents underscore how perilous the situation can be for abuse victims.

“Many victims are killed or hurt at work because that’s a very reliable and predictable place" to find them, she said.

Court records show Asato’s estranged wife had filed for a temporary restraining order less than two weeks ago and was due for a hearing Monday.

The document details a history of alleged abuse, beginning in October 2014 when the wife said he threatened to strangle her parents because she wasn’t answering her phone.

Years later, in November 2017, she wrote that he told her to choose a knife for him to stab her with. A month later, she said he physically assaulted her and threatened her, pointing a handgun at her head.

She said she was too scared to call the police.

After more alleged threats, she did call police last month and earlier this month.

Kreidman said abuse victims need to be extra cautious at certain times in the TRO process.

“Changing circumstances pose new kinds of risks, so receipt of temporary restraining orders, approach of hearings, changes in children’s schedules," she said.

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