This morning at 9am officers with the Maui Police Department held a press conference on the Aug. 5 fatal shooting of a 39-year-old African American male in Keopuolani Park in Kahului who had allegedly “become confrontrational” with officers. The investigation is still on-going, and the MPD still won’t identify either the suspect or the three officers involved, but department spokesman Lt. William Juan and two other officers investigating the shooting were able to add a few details to what we already know:
• The badge the suspect allegedly flashed at people at the park that started all this was a U.S. Immigration badge (though there’s no word yet on how the suspect obtained the badge);
• The suspect’s gun was a 9mm pistol registered “to a business” (though Juan didn’t say which business);
• Police recovered at least 50 shell casings from the scene. The MPD said nine of those came from the suspect’s gun, with the rest coming from the guns of the three responding officers.
• The MPD officers shot the suspect 11 times in “numerous parts of his body;”
• The MPD cruiser that was hit by gunfire (see a photo of it here) was hit “by both sides,” meaning it was hit by rounds fired by both the suspect and the police officers.
We also have video of the press conference below (sorry, but it’s in two parts):
Video and still photo of Maui Police spokesperson Lt. William Juan: Jen Russo