Thursday, July 30, 1998

An examination of
shootings by officers of the
Honolulu Police Department

Photo Illustration By David Swann, Star-Bulletin

In the Line of Fire

The questions come easy;
answers and solutions don’t

By Jaymes K. Song


“Shoot me, shoot me,” Rodney Laulusa shouted at four police officers in a semicircle with their guns aimed at him as he wielded two large knives at the Palolo Valley Housing complex.

One witness heard an officer trying to get Laulusa to drop the knives, saying: “Put down the knives and then we’ll shoot you.”

Instead, Laulusa, 30, moved toward the officers . . . BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!

A Star-Bulletin
special section

Day One:
In the Line of Fire

Day One No Frames

Day Two:
Lifetime of Pain

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