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Police release video of fatal shooting near state Capitol

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    HPD releases body camera footage of police shooting.


    Honolulu police officers investigated an officer-involved shooting off South Beretania Street, adjacent to the Department of Health, on Oct. 7. Police released a video of the shooting today.

The Honolulu Police Department today released body camera footage of a fatal police shooting earlier this month near the state Capitol.

The shooting occurred on the morning of Oct. 7 when Tison Dinney was reportedly arguing with a man while brandishing a machete and a pair of garden shears.

Police said state deputy sheriffs first responded and used pepper spray to try to get Dinney to give up his weapons, but he did not comply.

Sheriffs called police, who found Dinney behind the state Department of Health on Punchbowl Street at about 8:30 a.m. and told him to move away from him weapons.

When police tried to move in to arrest Dinney on suspicion of terroristic threatening, he picked up a machete and struck an officer with it, police said. Another officer responded by shooting his weapon four times, striking Dinney in the torso and hand, police said. A third officer discharged a Taser at the same time, police said.

The officer struck by the machete was wearing his vest and wasn’t seriously injured.

Police said Dinney was taken to a hospital and died later that day.

It was the sixth fatal officer-involved shooting on Oahu this year. There were two fatal police shootings on Oahu each year in 2017, 2014 and 2013. There was one fatal police shooting in 2016 and no fatal police shootings in 2015.

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