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Suspect charged after allegedly pointing air gun at police during 7-Eleven robbery

HONOLULU (KHON2) - A man who allegedly pointed an air gun at police and fainted when he was shot at has been charged.

Multiple calls came in for an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven on North King Street in Kalihi just before 9 p.m. Sunday, March 18.

When the first two officers arrived, police say the suspect pointed what looked to be a handgun at the officers.

"He pointed that gun towards the officers. Two officers fired one round each," said Deputy Chief John McCarthy. "He wasn't injured from the officers. He appeared to have collapsed or fainted."

The bullets did not hit the suspect, who police identified as David Kinikini, 35. 

Police say there was at least one clerk inside the store at the time of the shooting. No one was hurt.

The shooting ended with multiple officers carrying Kinikini away in handcuffs.

He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer and robbery.

He was charged Tuesday, March 20, with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and one count of first-degree robbery. 

His bail was set at $200,000.

Even if he didn't have an actual firearm, pointing anything threatening at police officers is a serious offense.

Law expert Ken Lawson says that's because the suspect is using the threat of force.

"There's some cases where even if you don't have a gun, you just stick your finger in your coat pocket, say 'Stick 'em up,' that could still be aggravated robbery or robbery with a gun because the person believes you have one," Lawson explained.

One of the officers involved in the shooting has been with HPD for 14 years, and the other two years. Police tell us they are back at work.

This is HPD's third officer-involved shooting this year.

Kinikini has had multiple run-ins with the law.

Police tell us he was arrested this past Saturday on a bench warrant in connection with a Feb. 21 case in which he's accused of assaulting an officer.

He was arrested, posted bail, and was recently indicted in the case.

Kinikini is also facing hindering prosecution charges in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Hauula. He was the passenger.

The attorney general's office tells us he pleaded not guilty in that case and is due back in court next month.


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