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Taser used to subdue Kailua-Kona man who died in police custody

By Star-Advertiser staff


Hawaii County police used an electronic weapon, commonly known as a Taser, in an attempt to subdue a 39-year-old Kailua-Kona man who died Tuesday while in police custody.

Police said Randall Hatori was a passenger in a car when an officer made a traffic stop at a gas station in a shopping center on Palani Road at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The driver, Ernest Ricky Alvarez of Kailua-Kona was arrested on a $10,000 bench warrant for contempt of court.

Hatori, who was wanted on suspicion of assault and violation of temporary restraining orders, fled on foot, police said.

In a news release issued today, police said an "officer pursued Hatori on foot, and a struggle ensued while trying to apprehend him."

Police were unable to restrain him, so the officer deployed the Taser, police said in the news release. 

Police said he continued to actively resist arrest.

Other officers then arrived on scene and assisted in restraining Hatori, police said. He was placed in handcuffs and became unresponsive, police said.

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday, but the medical examiner has deferred the cause of death pending toxicology and histology results.

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kiragirl wrote:
Problems with the taser should result in finding other methods to subdue a person
on February 5,2014 | 06:12PM
kahu808 wrote:
Too early to say. Drugs? Excited delirium?
on February 5,2014 | 06:21PM
soundofreason wrote:
With that guys record....who cares.
on February 6,2014 | 06:50AM
Grimbold wrote:
Kiragirl, what other methods? Run way from police and you should be shot? Or do you think police can lasso a person? Taser has been proven to be as safe as any method of restrain. People also die from being wrestled to the ground, hit ( deservedly) to knock them out and from stress when running away and fighting.
on February 5,2014 | 06:34PM
kiragirl wrote:
Dunno. What about those guns that shoot out a net like I see in the movies? Am I living in fantasy land?
on February 5,2014 | 08:39PM
Grimbold wrote:
That would be really good to do research on it !
on February 5,2014 | 10:21PM
mrluke wrote:
Yes, you're living in fantasy land. :-)
on February 6,2014 | 07:43AM
mrluke wrote:
Kiragirl, the police already hold as much bulky equipment on their belts as they could be safely expected to carry and still be able to function with some freedom of movement. A taser is not a fix-all solution, but it can be effective. They try to have other means readily available, but often times situations escalate quickly and require immediate response. A violent struggle is just that – The person trying to escape arrest and/or injure the officer.
on February 6,2014 | 08:06AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
kiragirl, people like you say, "why did they have to shoot the guy? Don't they have tasers?". Now that somebody dies after being tased (note even sure if it's related) you say "why couldn't they use other methods?". What exactly do you want? I have no pity for people who break laws and then when getting apprehended, get unruly and violent.
on February 6,2014 | 08:55AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
I guess Hatori won't be causing anymore problems........
on February 5,2014 | 11:58PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Tasers -- 21st century portable electric chair.
on February 6,2014 | 04:27AM
mrluke wrote:
Tasers DO NOT electrocute anybody! Most law enforcement agencies require their officers to be tased as part of the training to use it.
on February 6,2014 | 07:47AM
soundofreason wrote:
"Hatori, who was wanted on suspicion of assault and violation of temporary restraining orders, fled on foot, police said." >>>> and THAT would be the point when he subjected himself to ONE of the various outcomes. His decision.
on February 6,2014 | 06:51AM
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