Honolulu police fatally shot a 32-year-old man today during a seven-hour standoff on the North Shore.
The man was shot three times at about 3 a.m. and was taken to a hospital where he died, said Honolulu Police Department Chief Susan Ballard at a press conference this morning.
The incident happened at what appears to be the man’s home on Kapuai Place near Sunset Beach, authorities said.
Police first responded to the home at about 6 p.m. Friday to check out reports of an argument involving an aggressive male, Ballard said.
Officers left the scene after they were able to calm the man down.
At 8 p.m., officers were sent back to the home following another call involving the same man and found him appearing agitated and delusional. He was also threatening his neighbors, Ballard said.
A police psychologist approved the man for a mental health evaluation, but he refused to come out of the house. A police Specialized Services Division team was dispatched at the time for a person who had barricaded himself in a home.
At one point, the man came to his open patio door with a knife in his hand and ignored police commands to drop the weapon. Police shot him with a stun gun, but the man went back into the home.
Ballard said the man was seen with multiple knives and a bow and arrow and continued threatening his neighbors and threatening to hurt himself.
Police tried to talk to the man for several hours and also used tear gas to drive him from the house.
He repeatedly came to the door, made several threats, and eventually exited the house with a bow and arrow. Police moved in and released a canine when the man tried to go back inside.
The man began stabbing the dog with an arrow, and an SSD officer fired three rounds fearing for the canine’s and the officers’ safety, Ballard said.
He was treated by paramedics and taken to a hospital in critical condition before his death.
The dog, whose name is believed to be Zero, was taken to a hospital where it underwent surgery and is expected to fully recover, Ballard said.
The officer who shot the man has 25 years of service with the force and was placed on administrative leave, as is standard policy.
Ballard said the man’s identity is still pending the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office.