Police search for suspect, car involved in Red Hill shooting

**Update: Honolulu police located the car at around 5:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, in the parking lot of Pearlridge Center. The suspect has not been found.** 

Honolulu police are searching for a suspected car thief involved in a police shooting in Red Hill Thursday.

The incident occurred at around 11:14 a.m. on Moanalualani Place near Ala Kapuna Street.

Police say an officer was conducting a routine patrol when he saw a man looking suspiciously into cars along the residential street. When the suspect saw the officer, police say the suspect then jumped into a car and drove toward the officer.

“He made a quick U-turn toward the officer. The officer, because of the proximity of the parked car and his own car, he responded with a gun shot, one shot to the vehicle,” said Capt. Richard Schaab of the Honolulu Police Department.

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Police say the officer, who is a sergeant with 20 years on the force, fired one shot, but it’s not known if he hit the car or maybe even the suspect.

An ambulance was called in because the officer injured his hip trying to avoid the oncoming car.

HPD says the suspect had been wanted for another car theft earlier in the day.

“This is the same vehicle that was involved possibly involved in a previous break in the Kalihi Valley area about an hour prior and the sergeant on patrol, he did know about that previous theft,” Schaab said.

Police later discovered that the suspect may have broken into at least three cars on the street.

Brittanny Pulido’s car was one of them. She now worries about parking her car when she goes to work, and for residents in the area.

When asked if the incident makes her nervous, Pulido said, “Yes, definitely, especially where I work and for the safety of our residents here. I’m definitely concerned.”

The suspect is described as a bald male, wearing sunglasses and an orange, long-sleeved shirt.

The car he was driving, which police say was stolen from the Pearl City, Aiea area on Wednesday, is a gold 1990 four-door Toyota sedan with the license plate number FVT 822.

If you have any information, call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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