Prosecutors: Police acted in self defense when fatally shooting Kauai man

Photo courtesy: Saio Family

Kauai County’s Office of the Prosecuting Attorney (OPA) has completed its investigation into a deadly police shooting, declining to file charges against the police officers involved.

Family of a Kauai man fatally shot by police wants answers
Family of a Kauai man fatally shot by police wants answers

On August 16, 2013, police shot and killed 21-year-old Mason Saio of Kalaheo during a patrol at Nawiliwili Harbor.

Police say they saw Saio sitting in a car with two guns.

Prosecutors say Saio disobeyed repeated commands to drop his gun and step out of the car, pointing a loaded rifle at the officers. Saio then threw that rifle in the direction of the officers, and pointed a loaded shotgun at them.

That’s when police opened fire. Siao died at the scene.

Today, the prosecutors office say the officers actions are justified because they acted in self defense.

In a statement from Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar:

“We offer our sincere condolences to the Saio family. We understand it is very difficult for them to lose a family member. We also thank the officers involved for their patience as we conducted our review. We are grateful that none of them were injured or killed in what was an incredibly dangerous situation.”

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