Officer explains what led to him getting shot

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Mar 03 2014 11:12:00 PM HST

Was it friendly fire or attempted murder? That's the picture two sides have painted for a Big Island jury to decide. KITV4's Brenton Awa has the latest in the Keaka Martin trial.

HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island resident Keaka Martin is on trial accused of shooting two police officers back in January 2013. The 32-year-old has yet to take the stand but last week the defense argued that it wasn't Martin who fired the shots. Instead, the defense said it was an officer that hit another cop in the line of fire. On Monday, two Big Island police officers told their side of the story.

Click here to watch Brenton Awa's report.

Officer Joshua Gouveia took the stand again as the suspect Keaka Martin listened quietly to the testimony. Gouveia admits since being shot last year, recovering has been a challenge with anxiety setting in and at one point becoming slightly depressed.

"I was also having trouble sleeping, feeling the physical and emotional side effects," said Gouveia.

Gouveia got on his knees in court re-enacting what he says happened that night after he and officer Garrett Hatada responded to a report of gunshots being fired. Gouveia testified that he was checking underneath a parked car next to the former Green Onion Lounge in Hilo. He says someone surprised him being just three feet away. Then he saw a gun, a flash, and took a bullet to his thigh. Gouveia explained why he didn't fire back.

"I was in a crouching kneeling position and if I were to draw my service pistol, I would have to stay in that position, rise up to kneeling position, un-holster my weapon and then get back into the crouching position," said Gouveia.

Officer Tuckloy Aurello showed up to find Gouveia injured on the ground. Aurello says he went in for aid.

"He was lying on his back and as I mentioned he had is weapon drawn and he was pointing in the direction of the water. When I got to his side I was trying to ask him where is he or where did he go and he said he didn't know," said Aurello.

Police arrested Martin the next day after a 20 hour man-hunt. According to court documents, Martin shot himself in the chest as police closed in on him that day.

Officer Gouveia finished testifying Monday. The defense chose not to cross-examine him.

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