Attorney: Teen shot by police fell through the cracks

The attorney for Chance Narvaes, the 17-year-old boy shot by Honolulu police at Roosevelt High School, wants him sent to a mainland treatment facility.

Attorney Eric Seitz says the teen, who’s been diagnosed with substance abuse problems and symptoms of schizophrenia and psychoses, fell through the cracks in large part because the state doesn’t have the facilities to treat such problems.

“He has told his mom today that he wants to get better. He doesn’t like this kind of life and these kinds of events happening,” Seitz said. “In the long run, people are going to be moaning the fact that we have to spend thousands of dollars to care for him. But in the long run, if we provide that care in a timely fashion, we prevent these types of incidents and heartbreak.”

On Tuesday, an officer shot Narvaes on the Roosevelt High School campus. Police say he had a large kitchen knife and slashed at the officers.

Seitz says next week he and the boy’s mom will meet with the state health and education officials about finding help for Narvaes, who remains at the Queen’s Medical Center.

Narvaes was arrested on three counts of first-degree attempted murder.

KHON2 asked HPD whether he’s been charged. They say they can’t tell us because he’s a juvenile.

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