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Honolulu police arrested a 21-year-old man for allegedly attempting to run over an officer in Kahuku yesterday afternoon.
The officer fired four shots at the suspect as he accelerated toward her but did not hit him, police said. She did hit the allegedly stolen car he was driving, however.
The shots were fired on Kamehameha Highway near the Turtle Bay Resort at 1:21 p.m., police said.
"An officer evidently fired at least four shots that we are aware of at this time," said acting Police Chief Glen Kajiyama. "The officer ... gave initial chase, the vehicle eluded (her).
The suspect later ditched the car along Leleuli Street in Kahuku and approached a group of young men, whom he asked for a ride, according to witnesses.
"Me and a bunch of my friends was parked outside one of my cousins' houses installing a car stereo," said Pono Pau, a 16-year-old Kahuku High School student. "He passed by and then turned around and walked back to us and asked us for a ride to Papakolea."
Pau and 19-year-old Albert Ramos said the suspect offered the friends money for a ride, and then later admitted that he was on the run from police.
"He told us that him and his friends just got busted because they were in a hot car," said Ramos. "We told him to catch the bus."
Ramos said the man had multiple tattoos: one of a shark on his right shoulder, a spider web on his left elbow, and another tattoo written in old English lettering running from shoulder to shoulder.
"He didn't have his shirt on and he was running, sweating ... he looked paranoid," Ramos said. "After I told officers that I seen that guy, they said they saw a guy matching that description walking down the highway."
"The found 'em and brought us there to ID him."
Police arrested the suspect at 3:05 p.m. at 56-155 Kamehameha Highway near Malaekahana Beach for suspicion of attempted murder and auto theft.
Police opened a routine internal investigation because an officer fired shots.
Usually, officers who fire their weapon are placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
However, police officials last night said they could not confirm whether the officer who fired the shots was placed on leave.
Police said the car was stolen vehicle from Kinau Street yesterday morning.
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