Hawaii Island police: Officer shot armed suspect after he ignored commands
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii Island officer shot an armed suspect on Friday afternoon after the 32-year-old Hilo man pulled out a pistol and refused to follow officers’ commands to drop the weapon, police said in a news release.
The suspect was shot in the upper shoulder and taken to the Hilo Medical Center.
He remains hospitalized, but is expected to recover.
Meanwhile, the officer ― a five-year veteran of the department ― has been placed on administrative leave pending a review.
The shooting happened about 11:56 a.m. on Kumukoa Street in Hilo, when police tried to stop a man on foot who matched the description of a suspect in a vehicle theft earlier in the day.
Police said officers saw the suspect pull out a pistol and turn toward them.
“One of the officers pursuing the suspect drew his weapon, and clear verbal commands were given by officers,” Hawaii County police said. “The suspect ignored the officers’ lawful commands, and one officer subsequently discharged his duty weapon.”
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