A barrage of flashing lights and sirens caught the attention of hundreds of people Tuesday morning along the Ala Wai Boulevard.
"I heard tires screeching and the sound of a car hitting into another car," said witness Chris Dickerson.
Police say the episode began just before 4 a.m. when officers spotted the driver of a blue Dodge pickup speeding the wrong way down Nahua Street.
When the pickup stopped on a sidewalk on Kuhio Avenue, the officers approached.
That's when police say the driver, identified as a 22-year-old soldier from Schofield Barracks, stepped on the gas and drove right at an officer.
"The officer fired multiple shots at the truck as it drove towards him, narrowly missing him," said Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha.
The soldier then drove onto Lewers Street and was eventually surrounded by patrol cars on the Ala Wai Boulevard. That's when two other officers opened fire.
"The suspect began ramming several marked police vehicles before officers fired, striking the driver," said Chief Kealoha.
A witness with a bird's eye view said even her adrenaline was on overdrive as she watched the incident unfold.