Police officers responded with their guns drawn. They had the wrong house

HPD says the officers were responding to a terroristic threating call in Koolina.
Published: Jul. 19, 2022 at 10:36 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 19, 2022 at 11:14 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kapolei man says police officers recently approached his home with guns drawn while responding to a terroristic threatening case.

But it turns out, they had the wrong house.

HPD said the officers were responding to a call about 2 a.m. Friday in Ko Olina.

Homeowner John Huffington says everyone inside the home was sound asleep.

The next morning, neighbors told him to check his cameras and what he found was alarming.

“Officers all with rifles pointed at our house on the loudspeaker, telling me to come out, put my hands up,” said Huffington. “It was pretty shocking to see that on home video.”

At least seven officers armed with pistols and rifles waited outside the home for 20 minutes before leaving.

Retired HPD Deputy Chief John McCarthy said a response like that is protocol.

“When there’s a call that the caller says that there’s a firearm involved, you’re going to have almost all available responding units respond to that scene,” said McCarthy.

“Because you don’t want one officer going there, he gets injured, where he can’t call for help.”

Ken Lawson, of the UH law school, added:

“Normally, the dispatcher will keep the caller on the line until the police get there. That way they know that the police met up with the person who’s seeking the help.”

He said “if you cut the line before that, you could have an incident like this.”

Authorities opened a first-degree terroristic threatening case following the call.

Law enforcement experts said that means someone could have been in serious danger.

“I can respect the protocol,” said Huffington.

“I would have thought though, that they had been out there that long for almost 30 minutes, and no one would come out of my house that they would have double checked like hey, do we have the right building?”

Huffington is asking for an apology from police, property management and the person who called HPD.

“I think it could have turned into a bad situation, if I would have walked outside with a flashlight, just to see what was going on,” said Huffington. “You know, they don’t know what’s in my hand or anything else.”

After the officers left the house, HPD would not share whether they had responded to a different address.

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