UPDATE: Woman fatally shot in Hawaiian Beaches identified
A third deadly shooting in the past two months for a small community on Hawaii Island. Tuesday, Big Island Police shot and killed a 30 year old woman following a traffic stop.
HAWAIIAN BEACHES, Hawaii - Big Island Police fatally shot a woman who refused to put down her firearm during a traffic stop in Hawaiian Beaches.
This is the third deadly officer involved shooting in Hawaiian Beaches in the last two months, but Big Island Police said they're not related.
Police department officials said officers were called to check on a parked car with its hazard lights on along Kahakai Boulevard near Kiko'u Street just before 8 a.m. Officers on scene determined the woman in the car, later identified as 30-year-old Tori Kaneshiro of Pahoa, had an outstanding bench warrant. KITV4 checked out Kaneshiro's criminal record and the warrant that was issued for her was on a failure to appear in court and would have carried a $30 dollar.
Police said they told her they were going to arrest her but she resisted by jumping into the back of the car and grabbing a rifle.
Police said she wouldn't put her gun down despite multiple attempts. An officer fired his gun, injuring her. She was taken to the Hilo Medical Center and pronounced dead.
Big Island Police have opened a criminal investigation into what happened, which is standard.
Just a few weeks prior on November 27 along that same road in Hawaiian Beaches, police responded to a call for a 42-year-old man who had stabbed himself with a knife. When they got to the scene, he pointed a rifle at officers and they fired back at him.
Before that on October 12, police shot and killed a 26 year old woman who repeatedly rammed a stolen car into a police SUV, also in the same area.
The question now circling around social media, are Big Island Police too quick to shoot?
State Representative Joy San Buenaventura told KITV4 she doesn't believe there has been a rise in officer involved shootings.
She does acknowledge people are on edge following the lava and other disasters of this year, but she doesn't want to see another situation like what happened to Officer Bronson Kaliloa, who was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in Mountain View in July. What followed, a multi-day manhunt that ended with the suspect being shot and killed by police.