EXCLUSIVE: Parents of soldier gunned down speak out
Updated On: May 23 2013 05:50:40 PM HST
Four months after a 22-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier was shot and killed by police in Waikiki, an investigation into the bar that allegedly served him too much alcohol is close to completion.
When Gregory Gordon found himself surrounded by Honolulu Police Department patrol car on the morning of Jan. 15, investigators say his blood alcohol level was 0.196, two-and-a-half times above Hawaii's legal limit. His next move proved deadly.
Three weeks after he was shot and killed by police officers, the Honolulu Liquor Commission began investigating the Kuhio Avenue bar where Gordon was allegedly served alcohol after he was already drunk.
"You know, if someone's that drunk, they don't need to leave anyway," said Gordon's father Todd. "It's not only my son, that's anybody."
KITV4 has learned the Liquor Commission completed its investigation into the bar about a week ago, which includes interviews with staff and examination of receipts.
A draft report of the probe has been sent to city attorneys for their review.
KITV4 is not naming the bar at this time, but the soldier's family hopes once that review is over, penalties against the bar will soon follow.
"I feel like they should be held responsible," said Gordon's mother Tracey. "No one should leave a bar that drunk. No one should be served the alcohol to get to the point that they are that drunk."
If liquor commissioners find the bar was at fault, possible penalties range from a $2,000 fine or revocation of the bar's liquor license. That's not much solace to Gordon's parents who continue to grieve.
"There's no closure to it. It's an everyday thing," said Todd Gordon. "I get up every morning and go to the cemetery."
"I can't go to the graveyard. We buried him at our church and I can't even go to church," said Tracey Gordon. "I've been twice in four months."
The Gordons are now raising their 18-month-old grandson Gauge, who will never know his father. And they still blame police for the death of their son, calling it excessive force.
"You've got him blocked in, why open fire? Why couldn't they shoot the truck, shoot the tires or something like that?" said Todd. "People tells us in the video, it also shows after he'd been shot and killed they take him out of the vehicle, they throw him on the ground and handcuff him."
On Thursday, city officials were unable to say how long the review of the Liquor Commission's investigation would take.
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