Attorney: Victim's family claims fatal confrontation began before arrival at shooting scene

Kollin Elderts
Kollin Elderts
Michael Green
Michael Green
Christopher Deedy
Christopher Deedy

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The family of shooting victim Kollin Elderts has hired high-profile attorney Michael Green. Elderts, 23, died after he was shot once in the chest early Saturday morning during a confrontation at the Kuhio Avenue McDonalds in Waikiki.

According to Green, whatever it was that led to the shooting may have started before Elderts and the man accused of shooting him got to the fatal scene.

"If you have a group of people, including this agent, at a bar or a club, what's the likelihood of all of them winding up at this McDonald's shortly after that, before the club is closed?" Green asked. "Someone apparently followed someone."

According to the family, the man arrested , connection with the shooting, Christopher Deedy, followed Elderts to the restaurant.

"He's an agent of the federal government," Green said, "and my guess is he's on duty 24 hours, just like our HPD people are. And so there are some issues involved and there are some legal questions that have to be answered."

According to a social networking Web site, the 27 year-old Deedy is a special agent with the U.S. State Department.

The family wants answers about how and why Elderts was shot. And some of those answers may come from surveillance cameras.

"We're already in the process of asking," Green said, "to find out what videos, surveillance may have been at McDonald's or surrounding stores or businesses. We've asked, and we're going to ask that any videos at this bar or club, where they were, be preserved."

Green said it would still be a few more weeks before many of the facts come out. He said toxicology tests would be done on both the suspect and the victim.

No matter what, the longtime attorney said it's a tragedy for both.

"It's just an amazing thing," he said. "You go out one night, socially, and you have a federal agent, who I'm guessing is here for APEC. His (Deedy's) life is over, one way or the other, as far as working."

Whether Deedy is here for APEC remains unconfirmed. He remains in police custody.

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