Two men injured in officer-involved shooting in Mililani
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Two men injured in officer-involved shooting in Mililani

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro was at the scene of the shooting.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Honolulu Police Department closed Makaimoimo St. from Meheula Pkwy to the entrance of Mililani Town Center due to an investigation involving a stolen F150 truck which rammed into a cop car on Thursday afternoon at around 1:15 p.m. Two men were shot and were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Honolulu Police Department closed Makaimoimo St. from Meheula Pkwy to the entrance of Mililani Town Center due to an investigation involving a stolen F150 truck which rammed into a cop car on Thursday afternoon at around 1:15 p.m. Two men were shot and were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Honolulu Police Department closed Makaimoimo St. from Meheula Pkwy to the entrance of Mililani Town Center due to an investigation involving a stolen F150 truck which rammed into a cop car on Thursday afternoon at around 1:15 p.m. Two men were shot and were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Honolulu Police Department closed Makaimoimo St. from Meheula Pkwy to the entrance of Mililani Town Center due to an investigation involving a stolen F150 truck which rammed into a cop car on Thursday afternoon at around 1:15 p.m. Two men were shot and were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Honolulu Police Department closed Makaimoimo St. from Meheula Pkwy to the entrance of Mililani Town Center due to an investigation involving a stolen F150 truck which rammed into a cop car on Thursday afternoon at around 1:15 p.m. Two men were shot and were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Honolulu Police Department closed Makaimoimo St. from Meheula Pkwy to the entrance of Mililani Town Center due to an investigation involving a stolen F150 truck which rammed into a cop car on Thursday afternoon at around 1:15 p.m. Two men were shot and were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The Honolulu Police Department closed Makaimoimo St. from Meheula Pkwy to the entrance of Mililani Town Center due to an investigation involving a stolen F150 truck which rammed into a cop car on Thursday afternoon at around 1:15 p.m. Two men were shot and were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

  • JAYNA OMAYE / JOMAYE@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Mililani High School went into lockdown for about half an hour as police converged on the Burger King across the street from campus.

  • JAYNA OMAYE / JOMAYE@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Mililani High School went into lockdown for about half an hour as police converged on the Burger King across the street from campus.

  • JAYNA OMAYE / JOMAYE@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Mililani High School went into lockdown for about half an hour as police converged on the Burger King across the street from campus.

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Two men were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds in a police-involved shooting near Mililani Town Center this afternoon.

Honolulu police said officers responded at 1:15 p.m. to a report of a stolen vehicle at the Mililani Burger King.

The driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck allegedly rammed into a police subsidized vehicle, and “continued forward nearly striking an officer,” a written statement from an HPD spokeswoman said.

The officer responded by shooting and hitting the driver and the front passenger.

A 30-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to the upper right back, while a 31-year old man had apparent gunshot wounds to the hip and right elbow, according to city Emergency Medical Services personnel. Both were taken to a hospital in serious condition.

No one else was injured, including a third person in the vehicle.

Kinji Martin said he had just left Times Supermarket when he saw police cars parked in front of Burger King. Martin, who lives in Mililani Mauka and is a Mililani High graduate, said he parked in the back of Burger King and told his wife to stay in the car.

Martin, a student at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu, said he saw blood on a parked truck and on the street.

“It just looked really graphic,” said Martin, 29. “I guess I wasn’t as scared but my wife was terrified. I’ve never seen any event comparable to this (in this community).”

Makaimoimo Street from Meheula Parkway to the entrance to the Mililani Town Center was shut down as police investigate.

Mililani High School went into lockdown for about half an hour as police converged on the Burger King across the street from campus.

“Lockdown started at 1:15 p.m. in response to a police incident that took place at the nearby Burger King,” said Lindsay Chambers, spokeswoman for the Department of Education. “It was lifted at 1:50 p.m.”

Travis Afuso, student body president at Mililani High, said he heard the lockdown announcement during his JROTC class around 1:15 p.m. Afuso, a junior, said teachers locked the doors and shut the windows.

He said he and his classmates crouched under the tables and did not hear any updates for about 10 minutes. Afuso said the school later announced that there was a police incident at Burger King.

“Initially I thought it was a shooter on campus. My mind was like, ‘oh my gosh what was going on,’” he said. “It was frightening.”

Afuso added that some students initially thought there was a lockdown drill. He said in his three years at the high school, there has never been a lockdown.

“This is very much an unusual event,” Afuso said. “This is quite a surprise. This is a very safe community.”

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  • Back, hip and elbow? wow, how that happened if they were in the car? or did they get out and start shooting back at police? must have been a crazy and scary scene for the customers and workers in Burger King. omg…

  • Why can’t our police figure-out how to arrest an un-armed subject without shooting them? You say the car we bought you got smashed? Big deal. That’s why we have body shops. This has gotten out of hand.

    • I don’t think they knew if the suspects were armed or not, but by virtue of them ramming the police car, it was an attack that had to be stopped. How else would the police stop them, by standing in front of the truck? Here again is a sad case by commenters on police actions. If the police shoot, they are scrutinized. If they didn’t shoot and the suspects got out of the truck and started shooting (and maybe injuring or killing others), police would be blamed for not shooting to stop them. Lose-lose situation. I would not want to be a police officer today. Many thanks for those who are!

      • This is not the first time Police have shot unarmed criminals trying to flee. The story is ALWAYS the same – the driver drove right at the officer. Yea, right, more like he was trying to get away.
        The last one was a drunk marine who was boxed in on all side with no way to escape on the Ala wai. He tried to get away too and police murdered him. Kealoha is training his people to kill anyone behind the wheel of a car if they don’t follow police orders. It’s just not right.

        • maybe crooks should know when to give up and obey police commands rather than risking their lives by trying to flee. although one less criminal means less victims so go ahead crooks, keep challenging the police. good job officer!

        • IRT saywhatyouthink: how many times is ALWAYS to you? Police stop and arrest many auto thieves in a day and/or week and never shoot them but because we have this story you now perceive it as they ALWAYS shoot. You might be correct but if 1 out of hundreds of Auto Theft arrest end up in a shooting then it can’t be ALWAYS.

        • I wish you were right that the police ALWAYS shoot at criminals trying to flee. If this were the case there would be a lot fewer criminals running around our streets.

    • Hey Pea . Don’t want to get shot don’t resist the cops . Simple. We give the cops a job to do to try and keep punks under control. I think they got these two settled down. Now , if the judges will just follow suit and put them away for a good long while the cops might not have to shoot them again.

      You want to live where there is no law enforcement ? Go to Brazil or Venezuela , or howabout the Middle East ?

  • I completely concur with A_Reader’s comments. As for peanutgallery, its easy to be a Monday morning Q.B. making generaliztions but when your life is in danger, esp. in this case, when the two punks used the truck as a battering ram and as a weapon, then the officers were absolutely justified in shooting these two punks. Peanutgallery should go back and continue eating his peanuts which is about the size of his brain and intelligence. Nothing more and nothing less.

    • So… driving a stolen car is a capital crime in your book? Or was it the attempted escape that deserves a bullet? Don’t try to run from HPD in a car, they’ll kill you without a second thought.

    • If the perpetrators use the car as a weapon to ram or strike an officer or another person then it constitutes deadly force and the law allows the cops to respond accordingly with deadly force which is usually firearms in order to stop or prevent this from happening…..

  • I guess the SA didn’t like my previous comment since they deleted it. They also changed the comment count to show the comment didn’t exist. I guess they only like the comments that are glad these criminals survived so the tax payers can pay to incarcerate them or the courts let them out to continue committing crimes.

  • “Kinji Martin said he had just left Times Supermarket….said he parked in the back of Burger King and told his wife to stay in the car…..said he saw blood on a parked truck and on the street.” What the heck is “Mr. Niele” thinking!! Does he think he’s going to be the hero and save the day?? Or maybe a statistic on the evening news!! What ever provoked him to stick his “niele nose” into a police action??? He’s been watching waaaay too much TV. I hope Mr. Rubbernecker Kinji got a good look for his stupidity. He should have used common sense and stayed clear.

  • “Kinji Martin said he had just left Times Supermarket….said he parked in the back of Burger King and told his wife to stay in the car…..said he saw….on a parked truck on the street.” What is “Mr. Niele” thinking!! Does he think he’s going to be the hero and save the day?? Or maybe a statistic on the evening news!! What ever provoked him to stick his “niele nose” into a police action??? He’s been watching waaaay too much TV. I hope Mr. Rubbernecker Kinji got a good look for his curiosity. He should have used common sense and stayed clear.

      • No worry , I keep getting that “Your comment is being evaluated…..”. What can you do ? They own the paper. But come hard times who do they run to screaming for help and hiding behind ?

        It won’t be the timid ones I promise.

  • DAMN THAT OFFICER MISSED … ONLY WOUNDED ‘EM … now we’ll have to pay living expenses for these IDIOTS while they spend the rest of their lives at Halawa … with a little luck after they are convicted and incarcerated they’ll try to escape and get shot for real in the process …

  • It appears that our officers at HPD need to spend a little more time at the shooting range. Had the officer aimed just a little higher, he’d have nailed these losers right in the head and rid the community of their crimes forever.