Man shot during struggle with sheriff booked on suspicion of car theft, terroristic threatening

James Fontanilla III
James Fontanilla III

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man who was shot during a struggle with a state deputy sheriff over the weekend has been arrested on suspicion of auto theft, terroristic threatening and two counts of felony theft.

James Fontanilla III, 39, was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in stable condition following the Saturday morning shooting. Honolulu police booked him at the hospital Sunday night.

State Sheriff Charles Lacaden says it all started when one of his deputies tried to pull over a Honda at Waiwai Loop and Lagoon Drive. Fontanilla is accused of driving the stolen vehicle and leading the deputy on a chase that ended on the westbound Kunia off-ramp of the H-1 Freeway.

Lacaden says, as the deputy tried to make the arrest, a struggle ensued and shots were fired.

Police say the suspect also grabbed the deputy's property during the confrontation, leading to the felony theft counts.

Mickel Juliano, 42, identified as Fontanilla's passenger, was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. He's free after posting $2,000 bail.

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