Hours-long standoff at condo on Kalakaua Ave. ends with suspect in custody
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An hours-long standoff at a condo just outside of Waikiki ended late Tuesday with a suspect in police custody.
Officers responded to the scene at around 7:30 p.m.
Sources said a man barricaded himself inside his unit at Century Center on Kalakaua Avenue and that he had a knife.
A Honolulu Police Department crisis negotiator was on scene, along with Specialized Services Division units.
Residents were evacuated from the building and had to wait outside as the situation dragged on.
“I saw many, many, many police cars, fire truck, paramedics and then there was one big truck that I thought was a hazmat but it wasn’t it — it was HPD’s big truck,” said witness Marcie Lima. “I didn’t know what was going on. I just know that the police officers waved us to go ahead and turn down Kapiolani.”
The suspect was finally taken into police custody around midnight. HPD said he was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.
The Honolulu Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services were also at the scene. EMS left without treating anyone.
Part of Kalakau Avenue was blocked off for hours.
Details on what led to the standoff are still being investigated.
This story will be updated.
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