Suspect arrested for attempted murder, assaulting an officer after violent spree on Maui

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Updated: Feb. 23, 2021 at 10:21 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man is in custody of Maui police following a series of events that led to two officers opening fire.

The incident began around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when officers stopped a vehicle in the Wailuku area.

MPD said the driver, later identified as 25-year-old Kaipo Lapenia-Lau, initially provided a fake name to officers. When police dug deeper, they realized Lapenia-Lau had several warrants out for his arrest.

When asked to step out of the vehicle, MPD says Lapenia-Lau sped forward, dragging one of the officers a few feet. Only minor injuries were reported as the suspect got away.

Hours later after an All-Points Bulletin was issued, Lapenia-Lau was stopped in the Mill Street area of Wailuku.

Just after 9 a.m., police confronted him again. He eventually drove toward police and two officers opened fire.

Lapenia-Lau wasn’t struck by the bullet and a pursuit followed.

The suspect fled to a Waihee home where police apprehended him and took him in to custody.

He was treated for minor injuries from broken glass and later booked for allegedly assaulting a police officer in the first-degree, attempted murder, and resisting and order to stop.

The officers who fired their weapons are on administrative leave with pay, per department procedures.

The investigation is ongoing.

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