A 20-year-old Moiliili man who was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday afternoon following a police shooting and chase in Windward Oahu has been charged.
Police say William Andres was charged with first-degree attempted assault, first-degree terroristic threatening and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.
He was arrested at Queen’s Medical Center, where he was last reported to be in stable condition. His bail set at $50,000.
Andres was initially arrested for first-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault on a police officer and multiple traffic violations, and released pending investigation on those offenses.
The incident began Tuesday, March 10, in Waimanalo just before 1:30 p.m. and ended on Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe at around 2 p.m.
According to Maj. Ryan Borges, an officer approached Andres, who was sitting in a stolen vehicle near Waimanalo District Park on Hihimanu Street. When additional officers arrived, Andres started the vehicle and drove toward the officer, striking him in the leg.
The officer fired several shots at the driver, who then continued on Kalanianaole Highway heading into Kaneohe. Officers followed the vehicle for a short distance.
“A few minutes later, 911 callers reported that a white Honda was abandoned on Kamehameha Highway near Kaneohe Elementary School with a driver running into a nearby neighborhood. Officers in the surrounding area were able to locate the suspect,” Borges said.
Police say Andres tried to run away but was arrested when he was cornered in a driveway of a home on Uilani Place.
According to Borges, police believe Andres is the same person who fled in a stolen vehicle last Thursday near Likelike and Kahekili highways. He has five previous felony convictions, including burglary, car theft, car break-ins and a weapons offense.
The Department of Public Safety says Andres’ last offense was a vehicle break-in, for which he served 241 days in prison. He was released in September 2014 on a four-year probation.
During the chase, Maunawili and Kaneohe Elementary Schools were briefly put on lockdown.
According to an email sent by Kaneohe Elementary principal Derek Minakami, the Honolulu Police Department advised the school to go into lockdown as officers pursued the suspect and gave the all-clear when he was apprehended.
No one at either school was hurt or in danger.
Police say two officers were hurt during the confrontation on Hihimanu Street near Waimanalo District Park, but suffered no life-threatening injuries.