Police: Officer shoots man with metal stake in Kalihi Valley

Neighbors heard 3-5 gunshots; victim shot multiple times

 UPDATED 2:20 PM HST Mar 09, 2013
HONOLULU -

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.

Kajihiro says after Riveira was shot, the 54-year-old mother of the victim, Nadeen Lane, picked up the metal stake and threatened the officer.  She was arrested and police opened a terroristic threatening case against Lane and her son.

Police say Riveira had seven convictions and six of them were felonies.  The felonies were for second-degree theft and first-degree burglary.

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The theft charge came in November 2008.  Five burglary charges date back to August 1996.  He was found guilty of all of the charges.  Parole for Riveira was revoked in February 2002.

Riveira and his girlfriend have a baby, and live at the house where the shooting occurred, according to family members.

A portion of Machado Street was closed while police investigated.  Even people who live there couldn't get to their homes during the police investigation.

The officer who fired his weapon is a 21-year veteran of HPD District 5, which covers Kalihi Valley.  The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice after a police shooting.  Internal affairs is conducting an investigation.

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