Four Honolulu Police officers have been placed on administrative leave after an early-morning shooting left a Waipahu man dead and family members claiming police used excessive force.
According to authorities, the shooting happened behind a home at 94-926 Hiapo Street. Officers went to the home at about 3:10 a.m. Saturday to investigate a dropped 911 call.
“When they arrived, they saw a male standing at the back of a house and holding a 12-foot metal police with a straight blade attached to the end,” said Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha.
Witnesses told the officers that the man had threatened a family member with the blade.
Kealoha said the man refused orders to put the long blade down. and instead advanced toward them while making cutting motions.
“One of the officers deployed his electric gun, but it was ineffective, and the male continued his advance,” said Kealoha. “A second officer filed multiple shots, fatally striking the male several times.”
Police said five shots were fired. Emergency medical responders said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Family members and the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office identified the man as 43-year-old Victor Rivera.