The Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against the man who was shot by two Honolulu Police Department officers after allegedly rushing at them with a knife near Ala Moana Center on Monday.

In a press release Friday, Honolulu Prosecutor Steve Alm identified the man as 48-year-old Ricky Kaleopaa. He remains hospitalized following the shooting that left him in critical condition.

Kaleopaa, the first person shot by Honolulu police this year, has been charged with attempted assault against a law enforcement officer, attempted assault in the second degree, and terroristic threatening.

Honolulu Police Department stands near the scene of a police involved shooting early this morning at 1325 School Street.
The man shot by Honolulu Police on Monday night has been identified as Ricky Kaleopaa. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Each of the charges are class C felonies which all carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The shooting occurred at approximately 10:40 p.m. near the intersection of Kona Iki and Kona streets after a 30-year-old man called police and said that Kaleopaa threatened him with a knife.

In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, interim HPD Chief Rade Vanic sad that officers told Kaleopaa to drop the knife, but he refused and instead charged at them.

“Initially as the officers were talking to him for a brief period of time, he had the knife in his right hand down by his side,” Vanic said at a press conference. “But when he ran towards them, he raised the knife above his head and rushed towards them with the knife in his hand.”

Kaleopaa suffered multiple gunshot wounds and a 31-year-old female security guard was also struck by a stray bullet, although Vanic said her injury was “very superficial.”

The two officers who shot Kaleopaa have not been identified, but Vanic said they have between one and two years of service with the department.

According to Vanic, the officers captured body cam footage of the incident and the department is determining whether it will be released to the public.

Alm will be holding a press conference on Monday to address the shooting.

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