Body cam footage shows what led up to fatal officer-involved shooting in West Oahu
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Honolulu police officer fatally shot a 27-year-old man early Tuesday in West Oahu after the suspect repeatedly ignored orders to drop his hunting knife ― even after getting shot with a Taser ― and then lunged at the officer, Police Chief Susan Ballard said.
It’s the second officer-involved shooting on Oahu in two days, and the ninth so far this year. Five of those shootings have been fatal.
After the shooting, the 27-year-old was taken in extremely critical condition to an area hospital, where he later died. Paramedics said he had gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen.
On Wednesday, the Honolulu Medical Examiner identified the 27-year-old as Dana Brown.
In an afternoon news conference, Ballard released body cam footage from the shooting at Campbell Industrial Park, and said it underscores the split second decisions that officers have to make.
But the body cam footage didn’t capture the suspect being shot or the suspect lunging at the officer.
The entire video is just under three and a half minutes long and begins in the final moments of a foot chase as the officer catches up to the suspect.
At one point you can hear the suspect taunt the officer, telling him to shoot.
“Take a shot,” the suspect can be heard saying.
The incident happened about 1 a.m. Tuesday, and started with an attempted traffic stop.
Ballard said Brown was riding a moped on the wrong side of the road. When the officer tried to stop him, the man fled on foot ― first away from his moped and then back toward it.
Ballard said the suspect repeatedly ignored the officer’s commands to drop his hunting knife and get on the ground, and instead repeatedly tried to restart his moped in the remote, dark industrial park.
The officer then grabbed a Taser, missing Brown once and then hitting him the second time. But the probes didn’t appear to have any effect.
The final moments of the struggle happened shortly after the suspect gets the moped started. The shooting happens in seconds and at close range.
“The suspect lunged toward the officer with a knife at which time the officer fired and struck the suspect," Ballard said. “All of this could have been avoided if the suspect simply obeyed and complied with the officers."
Ballard said the officer fired four rounds.
The officer sustained minor injuries in the incident and was treated at a hospital. He has 13 years of service with the force, and will be put on administrative leave as is standard procedure.
Ballard said Brown was on probation for unlawful entry into a vehicle and was wanted on a warrant for skipping court after being charged with abuse of a family member.
The moped he was operating was also stolen, she said.
The incident comes just a day after police shot and killed a man who opened fire on them in Kalihi following a police chase in Pearl City.
And last week, police arrested a suspect accused of driving at an officer during a traffic stop in Pearl City. The vehicle was subsequently recovered near Pearlridge Center in Aiea, prompting an hours-long investigation that led to schools in the area to go into lockdown.
This story will be updated.
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