Kaaawa Elementary School was locked down for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon as Hono-lulu police swarmed the sleepy neighborhood in search of a man who struck a police officer with a car in Pearl City several hours earlier.
The school was on lockdown from 1:40 to about 3 p.m.
The situation apparently ended at 2:50 p.m. when police arrested a 19-year-old man in Kaneohe. Initially police said he was the suspect in the Pearl City incident, but later reported that the man was arrested for car theft and had nothing to do with hitting the officer with a car.
Police opened an attempted murder case in the Pearl City incident, and no suspect has been arrested.
Police Chief Louis Kealoha said the incident began at the 7-Eleven at Lehua Avenue and Kamehameha Highway about 12:05. A uniformed police lieutenant, on his way to work, noticed what he believed to be a stolen car and approached it.
The officer was struck by the open car door of the suspected vehicle as the driver was reversing out of the stall, Kealoha said. The officer’s handgun went off accidentally but no one was hit, he said. The injured lieutenant was taken to the hospital in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
The fleeing vehicle was not pursued by police, Kealoha said, but an all-points bulletin issued.
Officers spotted the vehicle in Kaaawa about an hour later.
Shortly thereafter, Kaaawa Elementary School officials put the 132-student campus on lockdown. Those who normally catch the school bus home were allowed to leave in the buses, DOE spokeswoman Dara Young said.
Other students were told to stay in their classrooms with faculty and staff until their parents could pick them up, Young said. Parents were notified via text message of the lockdown.
A Honolulu Police Department helicopter flew above the neighborhood and one Kaaawa resident said police ordered people to stay indoors.