Police fatally shoot armed man after hours-long barricade situation in Kakaako

Police responded to a barricade situation in Kakaako on Friday afternoon.
Police responded to a barricade situation in Kakaako on Friday afternoon.(Hawaii News Now)
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 4:45 PM HST|Updated: Aug. 27, 2021 at 8:44 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police fatally shot an armed man Friday afternoon following a barricade situation at a Kakaako highrise.

The shooting happened about 4 p.m.

Interim HPD Police Chief Rade Vanic said an officer fatally shot the 33-year-old after he pointed his gun at police.

Officers were called to the highrise near the Whole Foods on Queen and Kamakee streets about 1:45 p.m. after a report of a “distraught male” in an apartment.

Negotiations with the man continued for hours.

At 4:35 p.m., however, a SWAT officer deployed a less-than-lethal round at the man. It was not effective and a struggle ensued between the man and several officers, Vanic said.

At that point, he said, the man pointed his gun at one of the officers.

That’s when another officer fatally shot the man. No officers were injured in the incident.

The officer who fired has 12 years of service with HPD and has been placed on a standard administrative leave. There is no video footage of the shooting because SWAT officers do not wear body cams.

This is the sixth police shooting so far this year. It is the fourth fatality.

This story will be updated.

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