Sunday, October 7, 2001

Police look into
accidental shooting

By Leila Fujimori

Police internal affairs detectives are investigating the shooting of a 19-year-old man by a Honolulu police officer at a Halawa Heights home Friday night.

Pearl City police say the officer "accidentally discharged" a shotgun while searching the home for two suspects who pointed a gun at people at the Toys-R-Us parking lot at the Pearlridge Shopping Center.

Brad Frendo, who lives at the home, says the victim was in a bedroom sleeping when police carrying shotguns entered the residence and told everyone to get on the ground.

Frendo says he heard a shot and his friend screamed, "Ahh, why did you shoot me for?"

Frendo said his friend was hit in the right thigh and police kept apologizing after the shooting.

The victim was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in guarded condition. The hospital would not release information about him yesterday. Police said the man is not a suspect in the earlier incident.

Pearl City police said they received a call about two suspects in a gray Volvo pointing a a pistol at people at Toys -R-Us at 5:45 p.m.

A car chase ensued and the suspects ran a red light and officers were told to stop the pursuit.

Police said they located the suspect's car at Aiealani Place at about 6:18 p.m. after a sentry at Camp Smith spotted the car headed toward Halawa Heights.

Police arrested Joseph Pasion, 21, at the home Friday night.

He was charged with reckless driving yesterday.

The other suspect was not found and no weapon was recovered.

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