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Judge postpones arraignment for police officer in Makiki shooting

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    Anson Kimura

The Circuit Court arraignment for a retired Honolulu police sergeant charged with accidentally shooting a South King Street bartender last year has been postponed for two weeks.

Sgt. Anson Kimura, who retired from the police force in May 2015 with 25 years of service, is charged with second-degree assault in connection with a shooting that occurred April 3, 2015 at King’s Sports Bar when he was off duty.

Thomas Otake, Kimura’s attorney, requested that Kimura’s arraignment be postponed for two weeks while he continued “to secure all relevant police reports.”

Circuit Court Judge Collete Garibaldi continued the matter until July 25.

Police said a 41-year-old female bartender was shot in the stomach when Kimura’s handgun accidentally discharged.

He was placed on restricted duty until he retired a month after the shooting.

The police department is also conducting its own internal investigation.

Kimura is free after posting $5,000 bail.

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  • Sad mistake. Ban him from ever conceal carrying again and give him community service like talking about firearms safety and trying not to make A

  • This story is still not clear; how does a cop “accidentally” pull out his concealed carry weapon in a bar, chamber a round if it was not already chambered, point the weapon at the bartender’s stomach and then pull the trigger? Did the bartender reach for the cops gun and try to take it from him? Was the cop trying to re-enact a scene from the movie The Quick and the Dead with Gene Hackman and Sharon Stone and show how fast he can draw his weapon? How well did this officer know the female bartender? They are trying him for assault due to “accidental” discharge of his weapon but if he knew this woman and/or they had some kind of prior conflict, wouldn’t this case be for attempted murder and not assault? If this bartender is shady, even though she almost died, don’t think she would be too willing to tell the whole truth but the prosecutors need to dig past all of that. Did they? Also did HPD require this cop to take a alcohol and drug test right after the shooting?

    • agree with inverse. The officer was incredibly incompetent and unprofessional. NEVER bring a firearm to a bar and start drinking. Where is the clown prince Kealoha, the “chief,” in all of this? More silence?

    • You think the story’s not “clear” because every piece of evidence collected by investigators, the bartender’s middle name and what the officer ate for breakfast that morning weren’t presented in a 200 word Star-Advertiser article?

  • The weapon used was a revolver. There is no chambering a round as the rounds are in the cylinder, you know like a six gun in the old West.
    It just takes the pulling of the trigger or cocking the hammer and pulling the trigger.
    Handling any handgun, a revolver or semi-auto while consuming alcohol can be dangerous. Which is how this kind of accident can happen.
    By the way, SA how about some info on the woman who was accidentally shot. Luckily she survived from what I understand however I do not know if she is now
    disabled or not as she was shot in the stomach/abdomen which will always cause very serious injuries even when not fatal.
    It was certainly a very unfortunate thing to happen for all concerned.

  • Still find it incredible that HPD policy at the time of the shooting did not forbid drinking and carrying firearms while off duty. Almost all police agencies prohibit it because incidents such as these have previously occurred . The Christopher Deedy case is the most recent in which the federal agent shot and killed an unarmed Kollin Elderts in Waikiki McDonalds restaurant…..

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