Honolulu police fatally shot a man while attempting to serve a warrant in Ahuimanu Monday morning.
The 45-year-old’s death is the fourth this year at the hands of officers with the Honolulu Police Department. The man, who officials would not name, attempted to ram officers with his vehicle before being shot, according to Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard.
The man was wanted in connection with a kidnapping, the details of which Ballard would not elaborate on because of an ongoing investigation. The officers were attempting to serve a parole retake warrant, which essentially revokes a person’s parole and would send them back to jail.
At about 11:30 a.m. Monday, two officers in HPD’s Crime Reduction Unit were searching a public housing complex in Ahuimanu for the man.
The plainclothes officers wore marked vests, but when they approached the man, he ran to his car. He reversed, causing the officers to jump out of the way, then accelerated at them. At that point, the officers fired their weapons.
The officers fired four to six shots, Ballard said.
The officers broke into the car and performed CPR on the suspect, who was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, Ballard said.
One officer had minor injuries to his hands.
The officers, who were also not named, had 20 years and eight years of experience at HPD. Both were offered three days of administrative leave, Ballard said.
Ballard said the officers were not equipped with less-than-lethal firearms or equipment, and neither had body cameras. Officers in District 4, which covers the entire windward side of Oahu from Waimanalo to Kahuku, as well as those in the Traffic Division do not have body cameras.
Ballard said they should get those sometime in 2021.
Officers in the Crime Reduction Unit, called CRU, typically get involved with serving “higher risk warrants,” like those revoking parole or for individuals being held on high bail, or no bail at all.
The man had 12 felony convictions, 14 misdemeanor convictions and 22 petty misdemeanor convictions.
CRU officers were also involved in a 2019 shooting involving a fleeing shoplifting suspect, whose family sued HPD in July.
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