Man driv­ing stolen truck is fa­tally shot by of­fi­cer

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - By Gary T. Kub­ota gkub­ota@starad­ver­

A 29-year-old man driv­ing a stolen pickup truck was fa­tally shot Fri­day by a po­lice of­fi­cer at a camp­ground at Malaeka­hana, and po­lice were look­ing for a male pas­sen­ger who fled on foot.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened shortly be­fore 4 p.m., when po­lice re­ceived a re­port of a stolen Toy­ota Ta­coma and found it at the camp­ground, As­sis­tant Po­lice Chief Janet Crot­teau said.

“In an at­tempt to flee, the ve­hi­cle driver struck the of­fi­cer. The of­fi­cer opened fire, strik­ing the male driver mul­ti­ple times,” she said.

Crot­teau, who spoke at a news con­fer­ence Fri­day night, said the po­lice of­fi­cer did not sus­tain life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

She said the of­fi­cer was treated and re­leased from a hospi­tal.

The driver, who was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion when trans­ported by emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel, died at the hospi­tal.

Crot­teau said that fol­low­ing stan­dard pro­ce­dure in a shoot­ing, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case is be­ing con­ducted, and the po­lice of­fi­cer was placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave with pay. She said the po­lice of­fi­cer has been with the depart­ment for 17 years.

Crot­teau said po­lice of­fi­cers are look­ing for the male pas­sen­ger, de­scribed as in his late 20s, 170 to 180 pounds, with mul­ti­ple tat­toos on his chest and stom­ach. When last seen he was wear­ing dark shorts and no shirt.

She said the Toy­ota Ta­coma was stolen Fri­day morn­ing, and po­lice re­ceived re­ports of see­ing it at the camp­ground.

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