Maui Police have released more details about that fatal officer-involved shooting Wednesday night.
The initial call to the Maui Police Department’s Central Dispatch at 8:50 p.m., revealed the caller was approached by an unknown male who was wearing, what appeared to be, a Law Enforcement type badge and who claimed to be a Law Enforcement Officer. During their contact, the caller became suspicious of the male and called for police assistance.
At about 8:54 p.m., two patrol officers arrived on scene within Keopuolani Park and made contact with the suspicious adult male. While speaking with him, the male became agitated and confrontational. As the male walked away from the officers, he removed a handgun from his waistband, turned and began firing in the direction of the officers.
During the exchange of gunfire, the male positioned himself towards the front of the officer’s patrol vehicle while the two officers sought cover behind the same patrol vehicle. A third officer arrived shortly thereafter and engaged the male suspect with gunfire.
Once the male suspect was incapacitated, the officers started to immediately administer life-saving efforts. Medics arrived at the scene and continued life-saving medical treatment, however, the male suspect eventually expired at the scene.
Numerous shell casings were recovered at the scene, however, the exact amount of rounds fired by everyone involved in this incident is unknown at this time.
The suspect has been identified as a 39-year old African American male with no local address. His name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
The patrol officers involved in this incident are a 7-year veteran, a 4-year veteran, and a 1-year veteran of the Maui Police Department. One officer sustained minor injuries, while the other two were uninjured. The officers have been placed on administrative leave as a standard procedure of the Maui Police Department in these types of critical incidents. Their return to duty has not been determined at this time.
An autopsy is scheduled for later today.
The investigation into this incident is still on going.