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Man critical after police shooting, 2 officers injured

  • SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER / JAMES GARRETT
    The sedan driven by a man shot by police Tuesday afternoon sat near Kaneohe Elementary School.
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A police officer shot a man Tuesday afternoon in Waimanalo after two officers were injured with the car the suspect was driving. 

The suspect, a 20-year-old Moiliili man, was subsequently apprehended in Kaneohe. 

According to the Honolulu Police Department, the man was sitting in a stolen car near Waimanalo District Park shortly before 1:30 p.m. when officers approached the white Honda sedan.

Police said the man then suddenly started up the engine and allegedly hit one officer in the leg. That officer fired several shots at the driver, said police Maj. Ryan Borges, commander of the Kaneohe District.

The man fled in the car and officers pursued briefly until he headed toward Kaneohe.

Police said 911 callers told dispatchers that a white Honda was abandoned near Kaneohe Elementary School, where it had collided with another vehicle, and the driver was running into the neighborhood.

Officers found the suspect, who had sustained a single gunshot wound to his left abdomen, Borges said. Paramedics transported him in critical condition to the Queen’s Medical Center, according to Emergency Medical Services.

Borges said the man will be arrested on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and multiple traffic violations.

Police said he is believed to have been a passenger in a stolen vehicle police stopped last week. In that case, the driver was arrested, but the passenger fled from police near Likelike and Kahekili highways.

In Tuesday’s incident, neither officer sustained life-threatening injuries. The officer with the leg injury was taken to Castle Medical Center.

The suspect has five felony convictions, including burglary, car theft and a weapons offense, police said.

Two schools, Kaneohe Elementary and Maunawili Elementary, were placed on lockdown while police searched the area for the suspect.

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