Man accused of shooting police officer near Pokai Bay pleads not guilty

Man accused of shooting police officer near Pokai Bay pleads not guilty
Officers responded to this home in Waianae on July 29. (Source: HNN File)

WAIANAE, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -A man accused of shooting an HPD officer last month in Waianae says he’s not guilty.

Tony Souza entered a not guilty plea Monday after he was charged with attempted murder.

The 47-year-old is accused of shooting an officer who entered a home to investigate a credit card fraud case. The suspect they were looking into was reportedly not in the home. Souza was, and he allegedly jumped out of a closet and shot the officer, police said.

Following the shooting, portions of the H-1 Freeway were shut down as a police convoy rushed the officer to Queen’s Medical Center. The officer survived the incident.

Souza was out on parole when the shooting happened. His long criminal history included a 1990 conviction for attempted murder.

A federal indictment says a day before this shooting, Souza was part of an armed robbery where he shot at a convenience store employee.

A judge confirmed Souza’s bail was set at $1 million. Souza’s attorney did ask for it to be reduced to $20,000.

His trial is set for Oct. 21.

This story may be updated.

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