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Honolulu police fatally shoot machete-wielding suspect who allegedly rushed officers after severing man’s finger in Kalihi

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                                Police investigated the scene of an officer-involved shooting this morning in Kalihi.
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Police investigated the scene of an officer-involved shooting this morning in Kalihi.

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                                Police investigated the scene of an officer-involved shooting this morning in Kalihi.
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Police investigated the scene of an officer-involved shooting this morning in Kalihi.

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Police investigated the scene of an officer-involved shooting this morning in Kalihi.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Police investigated the scene of an officer-involved shooting this morning in Kalihi.

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m.

Honolulu police fatally shot a 41-year-old man after he allegedly severed a man’s pinky finger with a machete and rushed toward a police officer with the large knife near a game room in Kalihi early today, according to bystanders and police.

Bystanders said they first heard a man screaming in pain early this morning in the 1300 block of N. School St.

In an interview with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Charise Kekawa, said a man assaulted her 33-year-old boyfriend, cutting off his pinky finger. He was taken to Queen’s Medical Center where doctors were attempting to reattach his finger.

Police responded to the scene before 2:30 a.m. and ordered the suspect to drop the machete.

At a news conference this afternoon, interim Police Chief Rade Vanic said the suspect did not comply with the officers’ repeated commands.

Instead, the suspect raised the machete over his head and rushed toward the officer and two officers fired their weapons, Vanic said.

The suspect was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital in critical condition where he died.

His name has yet to be released by the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office.

The police officers did not sustain any injuries.

The two officers who discharged their firearms have six years and 20 years of service, respectively, with the police department. Both will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

Body-camera footage will not be released at this time due to pending investigation, Vanic said.

“It will be released at an appropriate time in the future,” he said. “It will probably be in coordination with the prosecutor until a determination is made whether or not this investigation will move forward for prosecution.”

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Honolulu police fatally shot a man after he allegedly cut off a man’s pinky finger and approached officers with a machete in Kalihi early today, according to bystanders.

The shooting occurred in a parking lot in the 1300 block of N. School St. prior to 2:30 a.m.

The police department confirmed the shooting involving an officer.

Bystanders said they heard a man screaming in pain in the early morning hours.

In an interview with the Star-Advertiser, Charise Kekawa said a man assaulted her 33-year-old boyfriend, cutting off his pinky finger. He was taken to Queen’s Medical Center where doctors are attempting to reattach his finger.

Approximately 15 to 30 minutes later, bystanders heard another commotion in the same area followed by at least seven gunshots fired in quick succession.

A man, described to be in his 50s to 60s, sustained gunshot wounds and was taken in critical condition to a hospital where he died, police said.

Police closed down North School Street between Houghtailing and Aupuni streets to investigate. The street was reopened shortly before 7 a.m.

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