HPD says the man who shot an officer in Waianae Monday pointed his gun at a second officer, who then shot the suspect in the leg.
Records show that the suspect, 47-year-old Tony Souza, was out on parole after getting convicted of attempted murder.
Souza was a teenager when he stabbed another man. Records show he violated his parole a couple of times even before Monday’s shooting.
HPD says six plainclothes officers went to the house on Alta Street acting on a tip that a suspect in a credit card fraud case might have been there. Three officers went inside and when one of them entered a bedroom, a man came out of a closet and fired his gun.
“Before the officer had the chance to react the suspect fired at and struck the officer. The suspect, who was not the male the officers were looking for, then ran out of the room, pointed his gun at a second officer, who fired at and struck the suspect,” said HPD Chief Susan Ballard.
Chief Ballard says the injured officer was hit in his hand and his chest by a single bullet. He’s in critical but stable condition.
The suspect, Souza, is also in the hospital in serious condition. He’s been arrested for two counts of attempted murder in the first degree and a firearm violation.
“This is another example of how officers have to make split second decisions in life threatening situations,” said Ballard.
Records show that Souza was convicted of attempted murder in April 1990.
Reports from HPD show that when he was 17 years old, Souza stabbed a man in the throat for no reason, then punched him in the face and stabbed him again. He then tried to run the victim over before driving off.
Souza was sentenced to life in prison but was paroled in 1998. Parole was revoked in July 1999 after he was found guilty of abusing a family member. He was paroled again in December 2002, and back in prison in June 2003 for resisting arrest. He was last released in October 2016.
“It’s a scary time. It’s very frustrating to the officers and to us that someone like this is out on the road and is able to get a firearm,” said Ballard.
The police officer who was shot has been with HPD for six years. The officer who shot Souza has been with the department for 13 years. He was not hurt.