Police shoot fleeing felon in Aiea

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:50:11 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 30 2013 06:29:14 AM HST

A suspect was gunned down by police in Aiea Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect now faces five counts of attempted murder as he recovers in the hospital.

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According to Honolulu police, the incident started on Heleconia Place when officers attempted to arrest a suspect wanted for a nearby burglary. The 35-year-old man then fled on a stolen motorcycle toward Alvah Scott Elementary School.

"The suspect fled from the officers, then lost control and crashed. He then fled on foot," said Maj. Richard Robinson, with the Honolulu Police Department.

The principal of Alvah Scott Elementary saw police chased the suspect onto her campus.

"About four o'clock in the afternoon, we saw the police cars come on campus. We knew to go to our lockdown drill," said principal Sandra Watanabe. "Thankfully, it was after school, so the majority of students had gone home. We did have quite a bit of A+ children, so we had to make sure they were safe."

The suspect then hopped the fence adjacent to the school parking lot and ended up at a home located along Moanalua Road.

"He broke into the residence of a 68-year-old man and assaulted him, then barricaded himself inside the residence," said Robinson.

The suspect reportedly took the resident's key and tried to steal his white pickup truck, but officers were waiting for him.

"Officers attempted to take the man into custody, at which time he reversed the truck striking two officers.  At that time, multiple officers fired on the suspect striking him multiple times," stated Robinson.

There were bullet holes visible on the side of the truck, along with blood streaked on the driver's side door.

The suspect was taken by emergency medical personnel to the hospital in serious condition from several gunshot wounds to the chest.

The 68-year-old resident suffered an injury to his head from the assault, while the two officers hit by the suspect were treated for their injuries at the crime scene.

As investigators document exactly what happened and how many shots were fired, the four officers involved in this shooting have been placed on leave.

The police officers have between 10-to-20 years of service each and range in age from their late 30s to late 40s.

The suspect has 14 felony convictions for robbery, burglary and other offenses.


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