HONOLULU (KHON2) — Big Island Police were warning the public to avoid Kumukoa Street in Hilo due to an officer-involved shooting incident Friday morning.
The incident happened on Feb. 3 around 11:35 a.m.
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South Hilo patrol officers responded to a report of an active vehicle theft from a residence.
Officers contacted the victim and they provided a description of the suspect to police.
He was later identified as a 32-year-old man from Hilo who reportedly ran away from the scene.
At around 11:56 a.m., officers found a man matching the suspect’s description and as officers approached him he immediately started to run and reach into his waistband pulling out a pistol and turned towards the officers, police said.
According to the Hawaii Island Police Department, an officer drew his weapon and gave the suspect clear verbal commands.
He then ignored what the officer said and one officer discharged his duty weapon and shot the suspect in the upper shoulder area.
Police performed first aid until medics arrived and took over.
The suspect was arrested and transported to Hilo Medical Center where he is expected to fully recover.
There were no reports of injuries to bystanders or officers.
The involved officer will be placed on administrative leave pending an internal review of the incident.
The Area I Criminal Investigation Section is continuing this investigation.
If you witnessed the incident you can call the non-emergency line at 808-935-3311 or Detective Paul Mangus at 808-961-2383 or email him at Paul.Mangus@hawaiicounty.gov