The Honolulu Police Department says one of its officers shot a 35-year-old Kalihi man multiple times Friday who was threatening the officer and had a metal stake in his hand.
It happened at around 11 a.m. at a home located at 1618 Machado Street.
The officer responded to call for a domestic dispute and found the man arguing with family members in the front yard.
Police say the man approached the officer's vehicle with a foot-long metal stake in his hand and threatened the officer.
"As the officer exited his vehicle, the male raised the stake overhead, and was within a few feet of the officer, when the officer drew and fired his weapon," Assistant Police Chief Dave Kajihiro told reporters during a late afternoon news conference.
The shooting victim was identified as Ralph Riveira. His brother, Ryan Riveira, questioned whether the officer used excessive force.
"I think that it would be more important to maybe use a Taser, but five shots," Riveira told KITV4. "Come on... it's disturbing."
Neighbors say they heard three to five gunshots.
"I was cooking, and then I heard gunshots, so I ran over here and looked and there was a police officer standing there and the guy was on the ground," said Donna Dara, who lives nearby. "I was pretty worried."
Riveira was hospitalized in critical condition at the Queen's Medical Center, according to police.