HILO (KHON2) - Hawaii Island police have opened an attempted murder investigation in Puna after a woman allegedly used a stolen vehicle to continuously ram into a police SUV, and was subsequently shot and killed by the endangered officers.
She was identified as Ashley Elisna Grammer, 26, of Hilo.
Police say she was a fugitive being sought on two $50,000 warrants of arrest.
On Friday, at approximately 1 a.m., Puna patrol officers were conducting routine beat checks on Beach Road in Hawaiian Beaches, in the area known as Honolulu landing, when they came upon a 1998 Toyota 4-runner which was parked within a narrow dirt trail near the ocean.
As officers were attempting to exit their vehicle, the 4-Runner suddenly reversed at a high rate of speed ramming the front end of the police Chevy Tahoe and knocking one officer out of the vehicle. It then began moving back and forth creating force to violently ram the police vehicle numerous times.
The suspect’s continuing course of action placed two officers who were then on foot and in close proximity in great danger of being hit or run over. As the incident continued, three officers fired at and into the vehicle.
Grammer was struck and later succumbed to her injuries. A 22-year old female passenger in the 4-Runner was not injured in the incident.
The suspect vehicle, displayed fraudulent license plates and further investigation determined the vehicle had been reported stolen on Sunday, Oct. 7, taken from the parking lot of a business establishment in Hilo.
The three officers who fired on the vehicle have 7, 3, and under 1-year of service respectively. None of the officers were hurt.
As is standard practice in any police-involved shooting, the Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigation Section is conducting a criminal investigation and the Office of Professional Standards is conducting an administrative investigation. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave at this time.
Police ask anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Detective William Brown at (808) 961-2384 or via email at William.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300.