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Woman charged in officer-involved shooting in Hilo


  • Cherish Torres, 25, was charged Monday with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree criminal property damage and five traffic offenses. (Hawaii County Police Department)
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Hawaii island police charged a 25-year-old Hilo woman in connection with an officer-involved shooting in Hilo after an officer tried to stop a stolen car on Saturday. 

Cherish Torres was charged Monday with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree criminal property damage and five traffic offenses. Her bail was set at $36,075, police said in a press release. 

She remained in custody pending her initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday.  

Police said a patrol officer attempted to stop a black Honda Civic at the intersection of Lanikaula and Nowelo streets at about 4 p.m. Saturday.

The car, which was reported stolen April 6, hit a vehicle at the intersection of Komohana Street and Ainaola Drive and collided into a police vehicle before fleeing down Haihai Street.

On Kilauea Avenue the car headed toward an officer on foot, police said. In response the officer fired one shot toward the car, police said.

The car then struck a police vehicle in pursuit, and both vehicles ended up in a gulch.

Torres was arrested on suspicion of eight offenses, including first-degree criminal property damage, second-degree theft and first-degree terroristic threatening.

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