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Maui police shoot, kill suspected car thief; second suspect at large

By Star-Advertiser staff and wire services

LAST UPDATED: 04:18 p.m. HST, May 22, 2012

Police shot and killed a suspected car thief in the parking lot of a Maui resort, and a second suspect remains at large.

Hundreds of guests at the beachside Mana Kai Maui Resort have been evacuated as authorities investigate.

Maui police Criminal Investigation Division acting Capt. Peter DeLima said a second suspect who was not in the car at the time officers arrived at the scene remains at large.

DeLima said two men arrived in the stolen car, and one left "to do what at the hotel, we don't know."

Police are continuing to look for the second suspect.

Mana Kai Maui Resort General Manager Winston Chinn said this afternoon that several hundred guests haven't been able to return to their rooms while police are on the scene.

Maui County spokesman Rod Antone says police received a report of a stolen vehicle in Kihei and found it in the resort's parking lot.

Antone says the suspect tried to flee in the vehicle, then apparently pointed a handgun at an officer. The officer fired. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chinn says employees reported hearing gunshots, but there are conflicting accounts on how many shots.

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NanakuliBoss wrote:
Why are there Concealed Carry Weapon ads on this page. Does SA want everyone to carry? Look what happened in Maui.
on May 22,2012 | 03:51PM
H20 wrote:
I think those are randomly generated based on the words in the story. For instance, I'm seeing the body armor one, and an ad for to hat store LIDS. Yikes
on May 22,2012 | 04:05PM
WesleySMori wrote:
on May 22,2012 | 04:09PM
emagination808 wrote:
Whats your point? It was a criminal ILLEGALLY carrying a gun. That has nothing to do with Concealed Carry Laws. The only thing gun laws do is keep them in the hands of the criminals only. Look what happened in Maui.
on May 22,2012 | 04:20PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Absolutely right emagination808. Nanakuliboss, as usual, is confused.
on May 22,2012 | 05:15PM
Fred01 wrote:
Wow! Ignorant comment. Where u from?
on May 22,2012 | 08:03PM
inverse wrote:
Car thief steals car then points a gun at police officer, police officer then shoots and kills thief. Gun is recovered at the scene next to the body. Nothing more to review here, case needs to be cleared and officer needs to return to work. Would be important for the public to know how the thief obtained the gun; was it stolen, brought in illegally, etc. Even if the gun was fake, if the gun looks real, officer had every right to shoot first. HOWEVER, the Deedy case on Oahu is a whole different story................
on May 22,2012 | 04:39PM
bumba wrote:
Deedy was getting a licking. He felt threatened. He capped the guy. If somebody bigger and stroger than me is beating me up, is it illegal for me to defend myself with a weapon?
on May 22,2012 | 05:57PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Some think that in a world where all carry concealed there would be gunfights everywhere....history doesn't show that to be true......yes there are always bullies, but if no one else is allowed to carry, the bullies , especially the real outlaw types, will still carry. Personally, I think if all non criminals were allowed to carry....and even if only % of them did carry, it would keep the thief mentality at bay. F Gotta say, pointing a gun at a cop is about as dumb as a guy can get. A bully without a brain but had a gun.......if there were none of his type in the world I would agree, no need for citizens to carry.......but there are guys like him......one running around right now......wonder if he is dumb enough to point a gun at a cop.......or a concealed carry ????
on May 22,2012 | 06:38PM
bigfig wrote:
Hawaii's concealed carry laws, or lack there of, is the reason people's cars get stolen, or have their houses broken in to, or get robbed, or raped, etc.... Almost all 50 States allow law abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm for self defense. This makes the pontential predator think twice before he robs someone on the street! He knows that there's a chance that the person he is about to rob "could" be armed and he could be killed. We dont have this in Hawaii! Criminals know that it's illegal for any citizen in Hawaii to carry a firearm and until this law gets changed the crime will never go down.
on May 22,2012 | 07:13PM
Wazdat wrote:
Seems a bit OVERBOARD for a stolen car?
on May 22,2012 | 08:19PM
manapua19 wrote:
Did you even read the article? Or just the title of it? The guy pointed a gun at the cop.
on May 22,2012 | 09:23PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
"The guy pointed a gun at the cop". How do we know that? Because the cop that shot him SAID SO. I can't imagine him saying anything but that. No dead guy goin' say otherwise eh. Reading the story is one thing, but believing it is another. We need to wait for a witness to corroborate his version. I have always read on Police conduct that they are never authorized to shoot at a FLEEING suspect. So this officer is saying that he was TRYING to flee, with one hand on gun, one hand on steering wheel, try to see where he is going, looking for a way out, and with all this critical thinking, he tries to shoot the officer? I could be wrong but between shooting an OFFICER and ESCAPING as fast as I can, i would choose escaping. Some here will say, why not do both. Maybe. Every time they shoot and one is dead, justifying it gets easier. How many shots? On a busy street, do they know where every shot goes? In the Mainland, a Woman shot at the ceiling, and got 20 years for endangerment. That her shot "could" have hit someone. Here the Police, on a busy street, on a moving target, FLEEING, will fire several shots and will all be deemed Justified by his own kind. Who cares where any stray bullets may go. I am NOT taking the victims side, but against the officers actions that is contrary to their own rules and for jeopardizing the general public. Pity.
on May 23,2012 | 11:08AM
Maunawiliboy wrote:
I'm glad that Hawaii police officers are shooting straight.
on May 22,2012 | 09:14PM
40black wrote:
on May 22,2012 | 09:55PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
One less crumb that the citizens of this state won't have to house, feed or provide medical care. Thugs such as these need to be harshly dealth with as was in this case.
on May 22,2012 | 11:36PM
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