KITV4 News has uncovered new details about the events that happened before the fatal shooting of a Kailua man early Saturday morning in Waikiki.
Police have charged an off-duty federal security agent who was in town for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference with the crime.
There is surveillance video of the incident from inside the Kuhio Avenue McDonald's in Waikiki, police sources said. Detectives reviewed the video before charging Christopher Deedy, 27, a diplomatic security agent, with second-degree murder, sources said.
Deedy claimed the man he's charged with shooting and killing, 23-year-old Kollin Elderts of Kailua, was drunk and disorderly at the Waikiki McDonald's just before 3 a.m. Saturday, a source who'd been briefed on the investigation said.
Deedy claimed Elderts was bothering other patrons, so Deedy stepped in and told him to quiet down, the source said.
That led to a verbal argument which escalated into a physical fight that ended with Deedy shooting and killing Elderts, the source said.
Elderts' family attorney said Deedy was drunk.
"What the witnesses say is that at one point, the agent, who apparently appeared very intoxicated, asked my client if he'd like to get shot," said Michael Green, who?s representing the Elderts family.
Deedy refused to take a blood alcohol test, sources said.
Police said they can only force blood alcohol tests on drivers who've been involved in auto crashes that caused injuries.
Witnesses report seeing Deedy drinking at a bar near the Waikiki McDonald's before the shooting, where sources said he paid for drinks with his credit card, potentially leaving a paper trail for investigators.
The medical examiner's office says Elderts' blood alcohol content was 0.12 percent. Drivers are considered legally drunk if their blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent.
Deedy started performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, known as CPR, on Elderts before emergency crews arrived, a source said.
"He's a law enforcement officer who used his gun. He's going to stay and render aid as much as he can," said the source, who?d been briefed on the investigation.
The State Department is not commenting on the investigation but has confirmed that Deedy was in Honolulu to support security measures for foreign dignitaries during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. Deedy, who lives in Arlington, Va., is on administrative leave after posting $250,000 bail.
The federal agency that employs Deedy has been plagued with management problems, staffing shortages and a lack of training facilities, according to a recent federal audit.
A November 2009 federal audit of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which employees Deedy, found the bureau has been hindered by staff shortages and has a hard time finding enough qualified candidates. The bureau is responsible for protecting people, information and property at more than 400 embassies, consulates around the world as well as locations with the United States.
The Government Accountability Office audit found other problems, such as inadequate facilities, foreign language deficiencies and experience gaps.
In testimony before Congress in June, a state department official said the agency's Diplomatic Security Training Center facilities are overcrowded and in need of repair, hampering operations.
?Diplomatic Security faces significant ongoing challenges in carrying out its training mission, including (1) an increasing number of training missions in Iraq, (2) a potential increase in the number of students it has to train, and (3) inadequate training facilities,? said Jess T. Ford, director of International Affairs and Trade for the State Department in testimony before the U.S. Senate subcommittee on oversight of government management. The subcommittee is chaired by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii).
The bureau?s Diplomatic Security Training Center developed an interim training facility in 2007 that Ford said is a ?stopgap solution and cannot meet a number of Diplomatic Security?s training needs, such as the firing of heavier weapons, the use of more powerful explosives to train agents in incident management, and the integrated tactical use of driving and firearms training in a mock urban environment.?
The training center?s main firearms ranges are small and have some lanes that are broken and not usable, Ford said.
The bureau is forced into makeshift solutions in other areas. She said the bureau placed tape on the floors of its training center garage to simulate walls of a building to conduct training about how to enter a room.
Details about Deedy's employment experience with diplomatic security are still unclear, including how long he'd worked there and whether he's had any incidents in his work history. The State Department has declined to speak about Deedy's previous assignments.