Police shooting in Waikiki leaves driver deadUPDATED 12:39 AM HST Aug 01, 2014Video Transcript
out today-- after last nights deadly shooting in Waikiki. A 6-year veteran officer fired 5 shots -- killing a 52- year-old Manoa man. Cell phone video taken by an eyewitness shows the officer reaching into the driver's side window of a blue Volkswagon Jetta. However the driver makes a U-turn in the middle of Kuhio Avenue and drags the officer several feet before hitting a palm tree. That's where the video cuts off, but police say the driver put the car in reverse, and nearly struck the officer. An official says the driver narrowly missed pedestrians in his first attempt to get away. The same official also admits the driver apparently lost control of the car after being shot, and this could have also posed a danger to bystanders. DEPUTY CHIEF DAVE KAJIHIRO: "SURE, AND THAT'S THE THING THAT OFFICER HAVE TO WEIGH, A SPLIT-SECOND DECISION. DO WE LET THE DRIVER GO ON AND STRIKE PEDESTRIANS? OR, DO WE TRY AND STOP THE THREAT? IN THIS CASE HE DECIDED TO STOP THE THREAT." SOPHIE O'DELL: "YOU KNOW HE WAS TALKING TO HIS FELLOW OFFICERS AND THEY WERE TELLING HIM TO CALM DOWN AND HE KEPT REPEATING, 'LIKE I HAD TO. LIKE I HAD TO.' IN NO WAY DO I THINK HE WAS IN THE WRONG FOR SHOOTING HIM, BUT I WASN'T THERE EITHER." WITNESS WISHING TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS: "I GUESS HE WAS SO PISSED OFF THAT THE GUY WOULDN'T GET OUT OF THE CAR AND HE JUST LOST IT." That last witness asked KITV4 to remain anonymous. Deputy Police Chief Dave Kajihiro says the officer noticed the driver drinking an alcoholic beverage as he responded to a report of someone damaging a bus. As the officer approached the scene, he witnessed the driver strike the back of the bus. The officer who fired on the driver has been placed on paid administrative leave-- which is standard procedure after a police shooting. Police say the driver had no criminal convictions.