Car theft suspect killed in police-involved shooting in Pearl City

A man who died at the scene of a shooting involving police in Pacific Palisades on Aug. 6 has been identified.

He was James Pickard Jr., 51, of no known local address. Police said he had 22 previous convictions, including 10 felony convictions.

It’s the second fatal police shooting on Oahu in the past week.

Wednesday’s shooting happened just before 3 a.m. on Komo Mai Drive.

Honolulu police say that Pickard got into a stolen car that was parked outside of a home. They say he drove into a police car, then reversed towards two other officers and their cars.

Police say a total of seven shots were fired at Pickard. He died at the scene, receiving gunshot wounds to the head and torso.

“Whenever our police officers get into a situation where their lives are in danger, or potentially the lives of our community is in danger, they may resort to using lethal force. And in this situation, they felt that it was appropriate,” said Chief Louis Kealoha of the Honolulu Police Department.

Police say a woman was sitting in the passenger seat of the stolen car. She was not injured.

Three HPD officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

Last week, police shot and killed a man in Waikiki.

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