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Officer who fatally shot man in Waikiki returns to patrol duty

The police officer who fatally shot a 52-year-old Manoa man in Waikiki has returned to patrol duty in Waikiki.

Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Yu said the officer, who has served six years with HPD, was placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard procedure, after the July 30 shooting that left Richard Nelson dead.

Nelson tried to flee in his car on Kuhio Avenue after the officer spotted an open alcoholic beverage container in the vehicle. Nelson rear-ended a city bus. Police said Nelson also nearly struck the officer with his car and could have hit pedestrians, prompting police to open an attempted-murder investigation.

The officer has since been restored to full duty, Yu said Tuesday, but she did not say exactly when he returned.

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