Suspect fatally shot, officer seriously injured in Nanakuli standoff

Suspect fatally shot, officer seriously injured in Nanakuli standoff

NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Honolulu police officer was seriously injured and a 53-year-old suspect fatally shot during an hours-long standoff in Nanakuli that ended early Thursday.

The officer was shot in the leg while two others were hurt by shrapnel. A police K-9 named Hunter was also shot.

The seriously injured officer and Hunter both came out of successful surgeries on Thursday.

"This is not the outcome we had hoped for, but something that we train for," said deputy Honolulu Police Chief John McCarthy, in a news conference Thursday afternoon. "Our officers routinely serve TROs. Most of the time, things go without incident."

Sources identified the suspect as Gavalynn Mahuka, who has years-long history of run-ins with the law.

The standoff started about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, when officers sought to serve the suspect with a TRO at a home on Mokiawe Street. The suspect was seen with a shotgun, police said, spurring the officers to call for back-up and triggering a standoff that lasted until the early morning hours.

"He was barricaded inside of the house, not coming out, and next thing we know, more and more officers started showing up," said witness Brandon Lozano. "And then around 4 o'clock this morning, shots were fired, people were yelling and it just got even worse."

Another witness, Kamahana Kealoha, videotaped the incident on his cellphone.

"It was a long period and I was listening and I was watching and I was on my roof, I was in the bushes, I was on the side and I had my camera out," said Kealoha. "One of the officers said to me that we should be prepared for a shower of bullets and to evacuate the house."

McCarthy said during the standoff, the suspect was seen repeatedly walking in and out of the home holding the shotgun.

"Police negotiators attempted to speak to the male, but he refused to respond," McCarthy said. "He was highly agitated and not responding at all."

And then, at about 4:20 a.m., the suspect allegedly pointed his gun at officers. Three officers fired at the suspect.

As a convicted felon, the suspect was not legally allowed to have a gun.

Court records say he has at least 50 priors, and that the TRO officers were attempting to serve him with stemmed from a months-long dispute with relatives. In the TRO filing, a family member alleged Mahuka was regularly under the influence of crystal meth and would threaten her with knives.

The family member also alleged he had a shotgun.

Paramedics said the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer, in his 40s, was taken to a hospital in serious condition. He has 21 years of service with the department.

The two other officers that were treated at the scene have 31 years and 10 years with HPD.

It's the third serious officer-involved shooting in the islands in recent days.

Last week Tuesday, Big Island officer Bronson Kaliloa was fatally shot during a traffic stop. And then on Friday, an officer was injured in a shootout with Kaliloa's killer.

Meanwhile, a roadblock remains up at Haleakala Avenue and Opuhe Street as police continue their investigation.

This is a breaking story. It will be updated.

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