Honolulu police have arrested a suspect who they say took off in an officer’s unmarked vehicle Monday morning.
Police say Jaya Titcomb, 38, was spotted on Waiahole Valley Road Tuesday morning. He was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
Police spent much of Monday searching for the man in the back woods of Waiahole Homestead Road, but were unable to locate the man.
The search began at around 6:15 a.m. Monday, when two officers responded to a call at the intersection of 10th and Maunaloa avenues in Kaimuki.
Police say they were speaking with a male suspect when he dashed into a police vehicle and sped off.
One officer fired a round of bullets and sustained injuries to his chest and knee while trying to stop the dark blue Toyota 4Runner.
Chief of Police Susan Ballard says that it isn’t against policy for officers to leave their vehicles running while stepping out to investigate.
“It’s not against policy to allow your vehicle to continue running. A lot of times the officers do because of the fact that if they have the blue lights on, it’ll run down the batteries or for different reasons,” said Ballard.
The police say they pursued the suspect for about a mile before losing sight of him. The suspect was later involved in a crash with a commercial vehicle on Beretania Street before continuing north.
The police vehicle was found empty at around 8:20 a.m. on Waiahole Homestead Road. They believe the suspect may be injured.
“There was evidence of a possible injury and also everything was recovered from the car. All the weapons were recovered, and all police issued equipment was found intact inside the vehicle,” said Ballard.
Waiahole Elementary School was on lockdown as police searched for the suspect in Waiahole Valley.
“We have several crew units, crime reduction units out there looking. We also have the K9s from SSD (Specialized Services Division) up there, as well as the helicopter has been deployed for the search, so we are still looking and we’re hoping that we will be able to find this person soon,” said Ballard.
Police say Titcomb has prior felony and misdemeanor convictions.