A man died in a police shooting in Waikiki Wednesday evening.
The deadly incident also shut down Kuhio Avenue for much of the night.
Kuhio Avenue was closed for blocks as it was turned into a crime scene.
Witnesses said the shooting began when a police officer tried to make a traffic stop near Kaiulani Avenue.
"The cop was talking to the guy, yelling at the guy to get out of the car. The guy tried to drive off with the cop's arm still in the car. He was reaching into the steering wheel or ignition to pull it out. The man drove a little down the street and ran into a tree," said Robyn Smith, who witnessed the incident.
"We seen the officer come running, yelling for him to get out of the car. The old man just stayed there for a couple of seconds, then put his car in reverse and sped off. He tried to speed off, the officer pumped five rounds into him. He came by another intersection, where obviously he was clearly dead, and then with his food on the pedal he slammed into a tree. His engine ended up on one side of the road, his car was on the other," said Bryan Esprada, another witness.
The man, who was in his 60s, was in extremely critical condition. He was taken to the hospital by emergency personnel where he later died.
After the shooting, police scoured the street to piece together exactly what happened.
Residents and visitors were kept away, from the crime scenebut this deadly shooting had many talking about the unexpected violence they witnessed.
"Right down in the middle of Waikiki, you wouldn't expect to see some crazy stuff like that," stated Smith.
"I don't think the cop should have shot him. He was trying to get away. He wasn't drawing on the officer. He was an old man -- you don't know what he was thinking," said Esprada.
The Honolulu police department did not release details of the driver or their overnight investigationbut it will hold a press conference on Thursday.