HONOLULU (KHON2) — Honolulu police have opened an attempted murder investigation into an officer-involved shooting that left a 29-year-old man dead.
It happened at approximately 8:10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14.
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HPD says officers responded to calls of a burglary in progress in the Nuuanu area.
Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard held a news conference Thursday morning to provide the latest details on the fatal shooting.
Upon the officers’ arrival, the woman who had called 9-1-1 to report the burglary, alleged that the suspect was in a parked car nearby.
“The suspect then got out of the car and began walking towards Officer Two,” Ballard said.
The police chief said the first officer on-scene ordered the suspect to stop and get on the ground at which point the suspect allegedly turned and charged the first officer, punching him several times.
“Officer Two tried to get the suspect off Officer One,” Ballard continued. “Officer Three then arrived on-scene, deployed his taser, but it was ineffective.”
The suspect then allegedly charged at the third officer to arrive on-scene and punched him before running and charging at Officer One again.
“Officer One then fired a single round, but the suspect continued and tackled Officer One, straddling him and began punching Officer One again,” Ballard said.
The second officer then reportedly fired three rounds at the suspect and the suspect fell to the ground.
“This all happened in less than one minute from Officer One’s arrival.”
The man suffered apparent gunshot wounds and was taken to a medical center in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries and died.
Meanwhile, Ballard says the first officer remains in the hospital with multiple facial fractures, a concussion and injuries to the arms and legs.
“The second officer suffered multiple injuries to the body, arms and legs. The third officer had a concussion in addition to multiple abrasions to the body, arms and legs,” Ballard disclosed.
All three officers were treated for their injuries and the second and third officer were released from the hospital.
The identities of the man and officers have not yet been released.
An investigation is ongoing.