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16-year-old fatally shot by HPD officers after police pursuit is identified

Updated: Apr. 7, 2021 at 3:35 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 16-year-old boy fatally shot by HPD officers after a police pursuit Monday has been identified.

The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the teen as Iremamber Sykap, of Aiea.

Sykap died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Three Honolulu police officers who discharged their weapons in the shooting have been offered administrative leave, which is standard protocol.

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Meanwhile, authorities continue to investigate what led up to the shooting.

Police sources say Sykap was arrested more than 30 times in his short life.

In a news conference Monday, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said there were six people in the stolen vehicle involved in the pursuit and four were teens.

Ballard said the car, which Sykap was driving, was linked to a crime spree over several days and that witnesses had seen the suspects with firearms less than a half hour before the police chase.

Earlier that day, they were linked to an armed home invasion.

Ballard has not said why exactly officers fired their weapons at the car. When asked for more details at Wednesday’s Police Commission hearing, she said she couldn’t say anything more publicly.

She expected an investigation into the “convoluted” case to take months.

This story will be updated.

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