Man who died in shootout with police turned gun on himself

Maui police investigating officer-involved shooting in Wailuku
Photo courtesy: MauiWatch
Photo courtesy: MauiWatch

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Wailuku Saturday afternoon.

Police say a traffic stop was conducted by a patrol officer on an SUV along Lower Main St. and Hookahi St. at approximately 4:30 p.m.

One witness who lives near the incident said he saw everything.

"They got pulled over by two cops, and one of the guys walked away from his car…and then the cops started telling him to stop, and then he pulled out a gun and he shot at them," said Alfred Ayers.

The initial investigation revealed that the passenger got out of the vehicle and shot at the police officers first while fleeing. They said the officers returned gun fire striking the responsible; the responsible was taken to the hospital for treatment, however, later expired, according to MPD.

The following Monday, Maui Police identified the man who died as 46-year-old Shawn Akamine of Wailuku.

“I think the cops got him in the leg, and he fell down, when he fell down, that's when he turned the gun on himself,” Ayers said.

Police on Monday also confirmed that Akamine shot himself.

For someone born and raised on Maui, Ayers said this never happens.

"No way! Especially right in front of you,” he said.

“None of the bullets came up our way, but wanted to make sure yeah, that's why I was crouched down."

MPD said cause of death is pending autopsy results. The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody for questioning and later released pending further investigation.

No injuries sustained by police officers or bystanders as a result of this incident.

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