Off-duty officer shoots attacker

Published: Mar. 30, 2009 at 2:03 AM HST|Updated: Mar. 30, 2009 at 3:02 AM HST
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Capt. Frank Fujii
Capt. Frank Fujii
Helen Kepoo
Helen Kepoo

By Roger Mari bio | email

WAIANAE (KHNL) - According to police, an assault turns into a shooting, after a suspect reportedly attacked an off-duty officer.

It happened this morning in the parking lot of a Makaha convenience store.

Just after 5:00 Sunday morning at the 7-11 in Makaha, police say a car with 3 men and 2 women stopped in the parking lot and the suspect came out of the car and headed toward the officer.

"The attack was totally unprovoked, the officer had gone into the convenience store got his cup of coffee, was in his vehicle, I don't even think he closed the door at that time, the suspect just walked up to him and started assaulting him," said Capt. Frank Fujii of the Honolulu Police Department.

Police say the officer believed his life was in danger so he pulled out his gun and shot the 25-year-old suspect.

"The officer did hear the suspect say I'm going to kill you. Fearing that he was blacking out and his life was really in danger, he drew his weapon and fired," said Capt. Frank Fujii of the Honolulu Police Department.

After the suspect was shot, he got back into the white Honda with the other people and headed town bound on Farrington Highway. Police say the car was stopped shortly afterward at the Waianae Store. When Helen Kepoo arrived she saw the parking lot bordered off with yellow police tape.

"It's pretty scary, we don't feel safe, especially when I came to the store, I thought it was one of our employees,' said Waianae resident Helen Kepoo.

The suspect was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The officer sustained severe bruising to his face.

The officer will be placed on administrative leave while internal affairs conduct an investigation. The suspect does have a previous conviction for D.U.I.