Man killed in Maui police-involved shootout had fake badge

Photo: Maui Police Department

Maui police have identified a man killed in a police-involved shooting on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

At approximately 8:50 p.m. that night, Maui Police Department’s Central Dispatch received a call from a man who said he was approached by a man who carried what appeared to be a U.S. immigration badge.

“This individual was at the park and the perpetrator went up to him and was questioning him as to why he was there and actually had a badge and said he was law enforcement,” said Capt. David Silva. “He became suspicious and actually called police.”

Photo provided by MPD
Photo provided by MPD

The suspect was identified as Raymond Hodge, 39.

The U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement later confirmed that the badge was fake and does not resemble the agency’s badge.

All official law enforcement badges will have the name of the county, state or federal agency on it. Contact police immediately if you are suspicious of the person claiming to be a law enforcement officer.

At about 8:54 p.m., two patrol officers arrived on scene within Keopuolani Park and made contact with Hodge, who became agitated and confrontational.

As Hodge walked away from the officers, police say he removed a 9mm handgun from his waistband, turned and began firing in the direction of the officers.

During the exchange of gunfire, Hodge positioned himself toward the front of the officer’s patrol vehicle while the two officers sought cover behind the same patrol vehicle. A third officer arrived shortly thereafter and engaged the male suspect with gunfire.

“He was shot in numerous parts of his body, from the legs to top of his torso,” said Silva. “We know it’s around 11 times but that’s not an exact amount.”

Once Hodge was incapacitated, officers started to immediately administer life-saving efforts, police said. Medics arrived at the scene and continued life-saving medical treatment, however Hodge died at the scene.

Numerous shell casings were recovered at the scene, however the exact amount of rounds fired by everyone involved in this incident is unknown at this time.

“We recovered over 50 shell casings. Nine of them were from the perpetrator,” Silva said.

Campus security at nearby UH Maui College reported hearing between 15 and 20 shots. The police vehicle from the scene also had multiple bullet holes.

“Those damages were from both sides, the police officer and the perpetrator. As far as who did the most damage, we aren’t going to be able to find that out right now,” Silva said.

Police say Hodge had no local address, but they’re not sure if he was homeless. Police say he had been living on Maui for approximately two years and was on Oahu for about three years prior.

They say the gun was registered to a business, but detectives are still investigating whether he was the rightful owner and had a permit to carry the firearm.

“The Maui Police Department would like to send its condolences to the family of the deceased as well as the members of our department who are impacted by this event,” said Lt. William Juan. “Our thoughts and prayers are still with them all and we continue to support all the efforts they have done. This is a tragic event and those officers and other personnel that was impacted by this event have had support by the Maui Police Department throughout this ordeal.”

The patrol officers involved in this incident are a 7-year veteran, a 4-year veteran, and a 1-year veteran of the Maui Police Department.

One officer sustained minor injuries, while the other two were uninjured.

The officers have been placed on administrative leave as a standard procedure of the Maui Police Department. Their return to duty has not been determined at this time.

The last deadly officer-involved shooting on Maui happened in June during a traffic stop.


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