Hawaii police fatally shoot man wielding a weapon on small island of Molokai

Cops responding to a report of a short lived restraining order violation on the small and close-knit Hawaiian island of Molokai shot and killed a person.

Two law enforcement officials had been responding to the decision Sunday morning once they encountered a person wielding a weapon, the Maui Police Division stated.

“The male superior towards the officers, at which era one officer deployed his taser, which proved ineffective earlier than each officers discharged their weapons,” police stated in a press release.


The person died at Molokai Common Hospital, police stated. The officers concerned had been placed on administrative go away and an investigation is ongoing, police stated.

Molokai is simply 8 miles northwest of the island of Maui. Residents on the Molokai, recognized for its small-town ambiance and no visitors lights, had been shocked by the deadly taking pictures. Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, who holds the Molokai seat on the county council, informed The Alokito Mymensingh 24 Monday there have been no comparable incidents in current reminiscence.

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The Kumimi seashore is seen in Molokai. Hawaii. A person wielding a weapon was shot and killed by the police in Molokai.  (Andre Seale/VW PICS/Common Pictures Group through Getty Pictures)

Maui police did not instantly reply to an Alokito Mymensingh 24 e mail asking when was the final time an officer was concerned in a taking pictures on Molokai.

“Most of us are … associated or buddies. We largely know one another,” Rawlins-Fernandez stated of the island’s inhabitants of about 7,500. A lot of the officers are long-time Molokai residents, she stated.

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Whereas many questions stay about what occurred, individuals are questioning the way it might have been prevented. “What extra companies do we want on this island in order that we will forestall these sorts of issues from occurring?” she stated.

She stated she went to highschool with the person, recognized by police Monday as Nathaniel Naki, 40, of Kaunakakai, the biggest city on Molokai.

That is “completely tragic,” Rawlins-Fernandez stated. “The group is, you recognize, making an attempt to determine collectively how … to console the household.”

Peter Johnson