Retired HPD sergeant testifies he was surprised gunman was federal agent

Defense pressed Schreiner on why police released potential witnesses

Published  5:01 PM HST Jul 18, 2013
HONOLULU -

Confusion and chaos.  That's what the man in charge says he faced at the scene of the deadly shooting at a Waikiki McDonald's in 2011.

Kenneth Schreiner, a retired police sergeant, took the stand Thursday in the murder trial of federal agent Christopher Deedy.  He says on that tragic morning on Nov. 5, he'd already dispatched officers around Waikiki looking for the gunman not realizing the gunman was still inside.

Schreiner says it was a McDonald's employee who told officers the man kneeling over a gravely wounded Kollin Elderts was the shooter.  He says he was shocked to learn Deedy was a federal agent.

"At first, when I saw what had happened, it was an 'Oh no' moment," said Schreiner.  "As a law enforcement officer I was initially surprised."

"It was the first time in 26 years that I've experienced it," said the retired police sergeant.

The defense pressed Schreiner on why officers apparently released potential witnesses, even a woman with blood on her hands.  Schreiner agreed Deedy remained calm, quiet and cooperative, but he added he, too, noticed Deedy's eyes were glassy and his breath smelled of alcohol.

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