Officer receives Bronze Medal of Valor

Officer William Malina
Officer William Malina

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A Honolulu police officer was awarded his department's third highest honor Wednesday for helping to disarm a knife-wielding man in Mililani.

Officer William Malina received the Warrior Bronze Medal of Valor. He was off-duty when he jumped into action four years ago.

Police say a 24-year-old man, armed with two knives, started threatening people at a softball tournament at Kipapa Park. Malina and a fellow officer grabbed softball bats and joined a group of civilians in subduing the suspect, who later died while in police custody.

"I have conflicting emotions because, you know, a human life was taken. He's someone's son," Malina said. "I'm sure he was a good person. But at that given time, he just wasn't in his right state of mind."

The department also awarded Certificates of Merit to several civilians for helping to catch purse-snatching suspects.