By Jeff King
As we learn more about that shootout on Lower Main Street Saturday afternoon, Maui Police confirm that 46 year-old Shawn Akamine of Wailuku did – in fact – take his own life. Since the case must have an official heading, Akamine’s record will indicate that he was charged with Attempted Murder in the First Degree.
It began with a traffic stop on Lower Main Street near Ho’okahi Street at 4:30 p.m. As soon as the MPD cruiser pulled to a stop behind the Sports Utility Vehicle, the front seat passenger – Akamine – exited the vehicle and fired a handgun in the direction of Police officers. An exchange of gunfire ensued as the officers struck the shooter. MPD’s investigation confirms Akamine shot himself – ending the confrontation. He was later pronounced dead at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
The officers involved are five-year and four-year veterans of the MPD, respectively. They have been placed on mandatory paid administrative leave pending further investigation.
An autopsy will determine the official cause of death. No officers or civilians were injured in the incident. The driver of the SUV is being questioned as the investigation continues.