A 21-year-old Kalaheo man was shot and killed by police in Nawiliwili last night during a confrontation with four police officers.
His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
"Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased," said Kauai Police Chief Daryl Perry. "I want to assure the public that this shooting will be investigated completely and vigorously."
Police had been making a routine check for criminal activity at around 10:40 p.m. in the Nawiliwili jetty area when they came upon a gathering of adults and juveniles.
The officers found the Kalaheo man in a parked vehicle holding two firearms and told him to drop his weapons. The man threw one of the guns out of the car, but held on to the other.
Instead of complying with repeated verbal commands to drop his weapon, the man pointed the firearm toward the officers, investigators said.
To prevent being shot, the officers fired their weapons to stop the threat. The man died following the shooting, police said.
None of the witnesses and police officers at the scene were injured.
The officers involved in the incident have been placed on a mandatory three-day administrative leave as the investigation continues.