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Soldier killed had blood alcohol level 2.5 times above limit

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:35 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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mikethenovice wrote:
The article says that the police did not see any weapon. Then why the excessive force of the police department. Imagine if a friendly fire hitting a bystander. This is not TV. People will get hurt.
on January 16,2013 | 12:00PM
Morimoto wrote:
THE TRUCK WAS THE WEAPON. You're foolish to believe a vehicle can't be used as a deadly weapon. People should be grateful the truck driver was killed or else innocent people could have gotten hurt or killed. It's the truck drivers own fault he got killed.
on January 16,2013 | 12:22PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
He did have a weapon - his truck. Just as bad as a gun - it kills. You are a jack_____!
on January 16,2013 | 12:27PM
JBS wrote:
No wonder you're a novice. A large truck smashing into police cars with officers in them or near them - well - that truck is a weapon. Police surrounded the truck, wonder why they all didn't get shot? Because they're trained to make sure their lines of fire are safe from hitting others. Is that always perfect? No. But they did things the right way and nobody else aside from the driver was hurt. Was the driver concerned about the safety of bystanders? Geez...get real.
on January 16,2013 | 12:42PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
'What is so hard for the Police sitting in their car to drive forward as he is backing up and staying with him. By pushing hum from he front, as he backed up, he would have his back against the other Police cars perhaps 20 feet and locked in. Sure, if you give him space to back up and come forward, this justifies their shooing him, needlessly of course. Pity.
on January 16,2013 | 06:21PM
squidbro wrote:
How could the police be shot by the drunk if he did not have a gun? Reality is, excessive deadly force was applied, if you do not believe this, that's fine. We live in a culture here in Hawaii where a man can get sentenced to one year in prison after beating and stomping on a drunk person's head who had just pissed on his truck and killing him. Get real.
on January 16,2013 | 09:18PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Eh LOLO.....Can you says Dodge Ram truck ?????
on January 16,2013 | 01:16PM
caseyjun2001 wrote:
Such an ignorant comment mike
on January 16,2013 | 09:35PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
You're not that bright, yeah?
on January 16,2013 | 11:57PM
Giligan wrote:
The police vehicles were threatened and in harms way.
on January 17,2013 | 05:26AM
allie wrote:
Can we get more details about the perp/victim? What is his background? Wish we had a real news outlet out here
on January 16,2013 | 12:03PM
richw66 wrote:
perp tried to run over cops.....cops shot perp....perp died...end of story!
on January 16,2013 | 12:51PM
40black wrote:
well said
on January 16,2013 | 03:08PM
Mythman wrote:
Excessive force, guns against a truck, result: death instead of a trial in a court of law. Something wrong with this picture.
on January 16,2013 | 12:17PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
Don't over crowd our prisons. One less dummie on the road. Way to go HPD.
on January 16,2013 | 12:28PM
hawaiikone wrote:
He was a soldier, and at this point we have no idea of his history. Better you withhold judgement until the rest of the story comes in.
on January 16,2013 | 12:53PM
808warriorfan wrote:
To heck w/ "his history" as you put it.....Innocent people could've been hurt or worse had HPD not done their job !!!!!
on January 16,2013 | 01:17PM
hawaiikone wrote:
obviously you've never been in combat.
on January 16,2013 | 09:40PM
Morimoto wrote:
Being a soldier doesn't excuse anything, neither does being a single mother, a drug addict, a poor person, or anything else. I won't withhold judgment, I'm glad he's DEAD. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
on January 16,2013 | 01:20PM
hawaiikone wrote:
you're a class act...
on January 16,2013 | 09:40PM
squidbro wrote:
You people have no compassion for soldiers with PTSD.
on January 16,2013 | 09:20PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Only 22? Yesterday the age was reported as in the 30s. Do not need to rush, HSA, u r the only game in town.
on January 16,2013 | 12:19PM
Psyche wrote:
1) SA needs to employ proof reading into it's news stories. 2) If this guy was suffering from PTSD from active duty, I truly feel for sorry for him. 3) Yes things could have been handled differently, but in the end it's easy to Monday morning QB this, and we should be appreciative of the guys in blue for being there to protect innocent lives.
on January 16,2013 | 02:02PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Take a guy from the 'Stan, bring him back, let him get sauced and acting all crazy and then surround him with vehicles driving aggressively with lights and noise and surrounding him....yeah, it could trigger a PTSD episode. Kind of lose the connection with the current reality. Know what....there are no winners. The soldier is dead and the cops will feel terrible even when their actions are justified. No winners at all here. Lots of collateral damage with families and friends of the soldier and cops too.
on January 16,2013 | 05:29PM
bluebowl wrote:
So true.
on January 17,2013 | 05:58AM
busterb wrote:
Probably influenced by video games or the media. We have to ban Grand Theft Auto and Moonshiners.
on January 16,2013 | 02:12PM
40black wrote:
glad HPD took care of business
on January 16,2013 | 03:11PM
roninsensei wrote:
Hats off to HPD!! Wish those 3 officers a quick recovery.
on January 16,2013 | 04:54PM
control wrote:
testosterone and alcohol are never a good mix.
on January 16,2013 | 05:13PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Good lord. 22 years old. I got socks older than that. A waste of life for a kid who was a Dad, somebody's son, somebody's sweetie and a guy who served his country in the 'Stan. Not justifying behavior, just pointing out the loss.
on January 16,2013 | 05:25PM
bluebowl wrote:
on January 17,2013 | 05:59AM
64hoo wrote:
if he just returned from Afghanastan and had PTSD that's why he drank because he could not kill himself so he looked where the police were and went after them hoping they would kill him. its a sad story. I don't think just getting drunk was it. he wanted to die. which is my assessment of what he really wanted to do, and that's why the incident transpired between him and HPD.
on January 16,2013 | 06:04PM
entrkn wrote:
Besides the unacceptable amount of alcohol served to him in the ? bar, I am wondering if he was also served a behavior altering "mickey" like I was served at another bar in another state when I was in the military...
on January 16,2013 | 06:37PM
bluebowl wrote:
Wondering too.
on January 17,2013 | 06:00AM
stogie002 wrote:
I wonder what bar he was drinking at!?!?! Whats wrong with these establishments? Don't they know they are not supposed to over serve patrons. That is what why they go to the Liquor Commissions class for. To learn how to observe when a patron is getting inebriated and to cut the customers line off. But no, lots of servers want to make that extra buck. When is the Liquor Commission really going to start a major crackdown on these establishments. Not defending the perp but the problems starts with the establishments.
on January 16,2013 | 07:10PM
64hoo wrote:
he could have gone to several bars and had drinks even though he was 21/2 times over the legal limit some people can hold there booze and not look drunk and still look sober. but I feel it was more than that, I feel he was looking for police officers to try and run them down so he could be chased by them and wanted the HPD to kill him because he could not kill himself. to me he was suffering from PTSD and wanted to die.
on January 16,2013 | 07:37PM
stogie002 wrote:
I wonder what bar he was drinking at!?!? These establishments and the people that work there all take a class before they are allowed to serve alcohol.they are taught the signs of a person approaching the point of inebriation and know when to cut them off. So although the perp knew better than to get in the vehicle and drive, the real problem started when the establishment did not cut him off until it was too late.
on January 16,2013 | 07:20PM
squidbro wrote:
Pitiful the way people are justifying excessive deadly force on this website. Truck is surrounded, why not shoot out the tires of the truck? No tire pressure means not much capacity to move forward or backward. This guy was hugely drunk and not armed with a functioning gun. Why not shoot to disable from the side window ? The implicit assumption was that this guy was extremely dangerous and that was true BEFORE the truck was surrounded. BUT after the truck was surrounded I disagree with the assessment that the truck was still an effective deadly weapon. Overall, it is clear that the driver/aggressor caused the problem and danger. BUT once again, police used deadly force when a simple calm approach to disabling would have resolved the danger and put the idiot into custody INSTEAD of the morgue, tear gas or taser or baton anyone? ... that said, wishing everyone directly involved a speedy physical recovery for any injuries and also wishing everyone to see a compassionate view on this tragedy and waste of life.
on January 16,2013 | 09:12PM
Poplm wrote:
Sounds like one of our boys in green used one of our boys in blue to kill himself . This is a tragedy on both sides.
on January 16,2013 | 10:12PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Kind of sad. When you're drunk out of your mind, hardly a situation for good judgment. Even if he was a victim of PTSD, the alcohol took good judgment out of the picture. Remember the locally famous playwright Lisa Matsumoto who was similarly under the influence, who entered the freeway going the wrong direction. Problem in both cases was excessive drinking. Whatever the reasons for drowning out one's senses and judgment, both suffered the consequences. In the case of playwright, Matsumoto, she hit and severly injured another driver, as well as forced another driver into the median in trying to avoid her. At least, here, the police came between the person under the influence and other drivers, keeping him from harming others. Of course, if HPD had done the same to Matsumoto, there would have been all h*** breaking out, because she was somone, not just a drunk, out-of-his-mind GI. No need to look for other reasons to justify what the police did. HPD shouldn't go out of their way to point out there was a fake gun in the truck. From the story, he never used it. Just stay with the original story. They did what they had to. Don't know how much pain one feels when you're that drunk. From experience, probably not much.
on January 17,2013 | 12:26AM
Giligan wrote:
We need to ban alcohol and trucks!
on January 17,2013 | 05:24AM
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