Saturday, September 12, 1998

Officer, suspect
shot in struggle

An alleged car robber shoots
one policeman with another's gun;
both of the injured are stable

By Debra Barayuga
and Harold Morse


Paul Vandervelde was hiking on the Makapuu Trail when he heard a shot, then a series of shots.

About five minutes later, he returned to his rental car, parked along Kalanianaole Highway, to find an injured officer lying on the ground on Makapuu Lighthouse Road, with another officer tending to him.

Across the road, a man was lying handcuffed on the ground next to a bullet-ridden patrol car.

"It's a nasty situation," said the former Hawaii resident, who is on vacation. "I'm happy I didn't come down 10 minutes sooner, or else I would have ran right into him."

By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin
Police investigate the patrol car that was shot up near
Makapuu Lighthouse Road on Kalanianaole Highway in a
struggle between police officers and a man
suspected of robbery.

A struggle at Makapuu between police and a man suspected of robbing Vandervelde's car left one officer critically wounded with a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen, and the suspect also shot.

Queen's Hospital was releasing no information on the suspect, identified in police records as Peter K. Moses, 20, of Waimanalo.

The wounded officer, also at Queen's, was identified as Earl Haskell, 28, who a spokeswoman said has been with the Honolulu Police Department for two years.

The two other officers -- one male, one female -- also were injured in the struggle at Makapuu Lookout. They, too, went to Queen's but were released after treatment and observation.

It was the fifth shooting this year involving police and a suspect that left the suspect wounded or dead.

Moses was booked on possible charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, and unauthorized use and possession of a motor vehicle.

Police today said Moses has been arrested before, but don't know if he has had any prior convictions.


The department this morning said Haskell and Moses were in stable condition.

Police Chief Lee Donohue yesterday told reporters the officers were staking out the lookout because of numerous thefts from vehicles there.

They saw the suspect taking items from a white rental car parked on the shoulder of Kalanianaole Highway at the entrance to Makapuu Lighthouse Road shortly after 1 p.m. He apparently had broken in through the right passenger door.

When the three officers -- two plainclothes and one uniformed -- confronted the suspect, he produced a screwdriver and a struggle began.

The suspect, described as 6-foot-2 and weighing 280 pounds, got a 9 mm service firearm from a male officer in the struggle and shot Haskell once in the lower abdomen. He continued pointing the weapon at the two other officers and fled to a patrol car parked on the opposite side of the highway.

The male officer whose weapon was taken by the suspect then took the female officer's weapon and fired several times at the suspect while the suspect sat in the police vehicle. "The woman's weapon was used by a male officer," Donohue said.

After it appeared the suspect was hit and the vehicle had not moved, the officers approached and found the wounded suspect with the police firearm between his thighs, he said.

Donohue said the suspect had gunshot wounds in "the limbs."

He said he didn't know how many shots were fired, and "I don't know how many times the suspect has been hit."

Police closed Kalanianaole Highway in both directions from Makapuu to Kealahou Street for several hours to recover evidence from the shooting.

By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin
Paul Vandervelde, left, and his son Jacob stand
by their rental car, which was broken into.

While it is unclear how many shots were exchanged, the patrol car's driver door was riddled with what appeared to be at least 10 bullet holes. The windshield had two more bullet holes.

The two-lane highway was reopened shortly before 5 p.m.

The male officer who shot the suspect is 47, and the female officer is 46, Donahue added. Police logs say Officer John Michael Veneri made the arrest.

"I'm just happy my three officers are still here. We could have lost three officers today, very easily," Donohue said. "This person (the suspect) was very strong."

Police spokeswoman Jean Motoyama said the officer who was shot is married with children. The officer who fired the weapon is a 14-year veteran, while the female officer has been with the department for 19 years, she said.

A police internal-affairs investigation is under way. Officers involved will be relieved of duty while the internal-affairs probe continues.

Moses could face a life sentence without parole if convicted of first-degree attempted murder, police said.


Police face fire

Other police shootings this year:

bullet May 7: Mark Harriman, 30, was shot and wounded in Kapahulu while fleeing in a stolen car from a patrol officer. He survived.

bullet May 5: Fortunato Barques III, 37, was fatally shot in the back by an officer at Pupukea. Barques was with his girlfriend at Pu'u O Makuha Heiau when a patrol officer ordered them out of their truck after they attempted to leave the parking lot. Police had been investigating 11 vehicle break-ins at the heiau. Barques, armed with a shoulder-holstered .40-caliber Glock pistol, was shot twice in the back as he walked up a private roadway, failing to heed the officer's warning to stop. Barques died in Queen's Hospital July 5.

bullet Jan. 22: Three police officers fired 20 rounds at Rodney Laulusa, 30, at Palolo Valley Homes, killing him. Officers say Laulusa lunged toward them with a fishing knife in each hand.

bullet Jan. 1: Off-duty Officer Tenari Maafala fatally shot Benedict Manupule, 18, at Mayor Wright Homes. Witnesses say Manupule was firing a gun into the air and refused to stop after Maafala flashed his police badge and ordered him to drop the weapon.

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