Man fatally shot by Honolulu police pointed loaded gun at officer in McCully high-rise, chief says

Honolulu police say officers executed a search warrant for drugs at the Century Center building on Kalakaua Avenue at around 6 p.m. Thursday.

Surveillance video shows at least a dozen heavily-armed officers gathered in the hallway on the 22nd floor.

"I just heard people knocking, and then people said, 'Police. Search warrant.' There were about 20 cops. After that I heard them. There was movement and then you heard three shots. After that, they started bringing people out," said a witness who did not want to be identified.

According to Chief Susan Ballard, upon entering the unit officers noticed a bedroom door was locked and had to break down the door. That's where they found a 55-year-old man armed with a handgun. He did not comply with officers' requests to drop the weapon, and pointed the gun at an officer. That's when the officer discharged his rifle, hitting the man in the upper right side of the body.

Officers did arrest a 62-year-old man and a 34-year-old man for drug offenses. The 34-year-old was also arrested on a warrant.

The officer involved in the shooting has 13 years of service in the department and has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

A 55-year-old man pointed a loaded firearm at one of the Honolulu police officers executing a search warrant for drugs at the Century Center building Thursday night when an officer discharged three to four rounds from his rifle at the suspect, according to police Chief Susan Ballard.

Police cordoned off public access to Century Center on Kalakaua Ave. after a shooting incident tonight.

A 55-year-old man pointed a loaded firearm at one of the Honolulu police officers executing a search warrant for drugs at the Century Center building Thursday night when an officer discharged three to four rounds from his rifle at the suspect, according to police Chief Susan Ballard.

Ballard spoke at a news conference at the Honolulu Police Department headquarters on South Beretania Street today to discuss the police shooting that occurred at a unit in the 1750 Kalakaua Ave. building in McCully shortly after 6 p.m.

Officers of HPD’s Specialized Services Division executed a search warrant for drugs at the unit. Building security and residents had said the unit is on the 22nd floor.

Ballard said a female occupant opened the front door and officers saw a bedroom door within the unit that was locked.

“The officers were forced to break down the door and observed a male with a handgun. Despite repeated commands to drop the weapon, the suspect did not comply,” Ballard said.

According to police, the man pointed the gun at an officer, who discharged his rifle — striking the suspect in the upper right side of the body.

Ballard said no injuries were reported involving five other occupants in the unit. There were no injured police officers.

Officers arrested two men, ages 34 and 62, in the unit on suspicion of promoting a dangerous drug in the third-degree. The 34-year-old man was also arrested for criminal contempt of court.

The officer involved in the shooting has 13 years of service with HPD and has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure.


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