Environmental watchdog Carroll Cox says he feared for his life when two men tried to beat him with a pipe Tuesday.
Click here to watch the report.
Cox says this is the first time in two decades of trying to throw the spotlight on illegal dumping that he has ever been threatened with violence.
Cox was treated in the emergency room of Pali Momi for his injuries and suffered a cut to his head and wounds to his arm. The environmental man said he tried to fend off the attack as he sat in his car while he was investigating a complaint out in Kalaeloa.
He believes he would have been more seriously hurt if a witness had not driven up and scared his assailants off.
"This effort was not a maim me. It was not to teach me a lesson or send me a message. It was to murder me. It was to kill me. It was to wipe me out," said Cox.
Cox filed a report about the assault with the Kapolei police Wednesday afternoon.
He says while assailants covered their faces with masks, he believes the beating is related to complaints he is investigating about the illegal use of property under control of the Department of Hawaiian Homelands.
Cox says he has gone to the Hawaii Attorney General's office with what he believes is evidence of bribery and corruption among DHHL staff.
He also says he believes pollution and corruption is wrong and he will continue to flag problems.