Around 10:40 p.m. Friday night, Kauai Police on a routine patrol came across a group of people at the Nawiliwili jetty area.
One of them was a 21 year-old man sitting in his car with two guns.
“We believe he was in the car at the time as the officers approached. He got out of the vehicle. He threw one of the weapons at a officers and raised the other weapon and pointed it toward our officers,” Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry said.
Chief Perry says when the Kalaheo man got out of the car, he threw a rifle at one of the police cars and then aimed a shotgun at the officers.
“This individual was given several command orders to drop the weapon and he didn’t do that. They were in imminent danger but they were in fear of being shot. Basically death or fear of serious bodily injury,” Chief Perry said.
Chief Perry would not say how many times the man was shot.
But did say the four officers involved responded the way they are trained to.
“We’re trained to stop the threat if the threat involves an innocent citizen or an officer. So our training and our policy not to kill, it is to stop the threat,” Chief Perry said.
Two of the officers involved are seasoned veterans with a combined twelve years experience.
The other two joined the department about seven months ago.
The officers that were involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave for three days, which is standard procedure.
Police say the man who was shot had an outstanding bench warrant for his arrest.
None of the witnesses or officers at the scene were injured.