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Soldier killed had blood alcohol level 2.5 times above limit

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:35 p.m. HST, Jan 16, 2013

The Schofield Barracks soldier killed by Honolulu police officers after he tried to evade capture in Waikiki on Tuesday morning had a blood alcohol content 2.5 times over the legal limit for driving, the city Department of Medical Examiner said this afternoon.

The office also positively identified the man as Gregory M. Gordon, 22. Gordon is from a small town in Alabama known as Ashford.

The legal limit for driving in Hawaii is 0.08 grams per deciliter. Gordon's blood alcohol tested at 0.196 g/dl, according to a news release issued by Dr. Mike Kobayashi, deputy medical examiner.

In a related development, the Honolulu Police Department said a search of the Dodge Ram truck involved found a replica handgun and that the truck had no mechanical problems.

Gordon was shot after he disobeyed the orders of police at several points to stop the Dodge Ram truck he was driving at about 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Police patrol vehicles boxed the truck in on Ala Wai Boulevard and video footage of the incident showed the truck rammed the squad cars, and backed up at least once before ramming them again, before shots rang out.

Three Honolulu Police Department officers were injured, treated and released.

The shooting is being investigated internally by HPD and the three officers who shot at the vehicle are on paid leave as is standard procedure. However, HPD officials said preliminary indications are that the officers acted properly because the suspect was endangering the lives of officers and the public.

The incident began when foot patrol officers on Kuhio Avenue spotted the truck on Nahua Street heading the wrong way toward them.

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