HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) has released the 911 tape of the Nuuanu police shooting that left a 29-year-old man dead.
HPD says on Wednesday, April 14, officers responded to a call of a burglary at a home on Coelho Way.
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The man — Identified as Lindani Myeni — scuffled with officers and was shot multiple times after HPD arrived.
The woman in the 911 recording tells dispatchers that Myeni was inside the home and had closed the doors at some point before eventually making his way outside. That is when officers showed up.
Three of the responding officers were badly injured in the incident.
Myeni’s wife has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City and County of Honolulu and the unidentified police officers.
An attorney for the Myeni family released the following statement to KHON2:
“The 911 tape is heartbreaking, and confirms what we have believed from the beginning, that this was a misunderstanding, and not a burglary. Mr. Myeni introduced himself, was never a threat, was calm the entire time, and left peacefully. Police arrived within 70 seconds of the time he walked out the door, commanding him, without announcing themselves, to lie on the ground. There is no way Mr. Myeni would have known this was the police after the polite conversation he had with the caller’s husband. Why aren’t the caller and her husband coming forward?Mr. Myeni should be alive today.”Bridget Morgan-Bickerton, Myeni family attorney