Suspect armed with machete killed in officer-involved shooting; Residents near shooting say they’re afraid

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A man armed with a machete was shot and killed by police during the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 11, in Kalihi. Officials said the 41-year-old suspect began approaching officers after he slashed another man in the hand.

Officers opened fire when the suspect refused repeated orders to stop, police said. Residents who live near to the shooting said they are afraid.

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Honolulu Police Chief Rade Vanic said the incident started around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when officers responded to a call about a man with a severed finger in a parking lot on North School Street.

“After paramedics arrived and were treating the male a female witness pointed out a male who walked into the parking lot and identified him as a suspect,” Vanic explained.

He said the man was armed with a machete and officers repeatedly ordered him to stop.

“As the officer was attempting to distance himself from the suspect, the suspect raised the machete over his head and rushed towards the officer. Two officers fired at the suspect multiple times and the suspect fell to the ground,” Vanic said.

Vanic did not know how many times the suspect was shot.

The suspect was taken to the hospital, where he later died. The man with the injured hand was also taken to the hospital in serious condition.

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One resident who asked not to be identified said he woke up after hearing a loud commotion outside.

“When I look out the window, there was a female who came out of the game room screaming,” he said. “I saw her with a guy coming out of the game room. It looked like there was a cloth wrapped around his arm.”

He heard the gunshots about 15 minutes later.

“I heard somebody yelling then after that there was gunshots.”

He said he thought for a moment they were fireworks but realized it was from a gun.

“We’re really scared. This is not the first time it’s happening like this. There’s always, something going on almost every night there’s noise, there’s loud music, we’re being disturbed,” he explained. “We’ve been reporting this a lot of times but seems like nothing is being done.”

Chief Vanic said police are aware of the game room but he said the shooting occurred outside of it.

“It is a known game room and I’m sure we’ll be taking some sort of action,” Vanic explained.

He said there is bodycam and surveillance footage, but police have not released any recordings as of Wednesday evening.

“It will be released at an appropriate time in the future,” Vanic said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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