120 police officers
likely given defective
ammunition, HPD says

Star-Bulletin staff

As many as 120 officers may have been issued defective ammunition for their 9 mm handguns, said Jean Motoyama, Honolulu Police Department spokeswoman.

The manufacturer told HPD that the primer for the rounds is defective, causing the weapon to jam instead of fire.

HPD was notified of the defect late yesterday afternoon.

The department did not have enough time to put together a list of officers who were assigned ammunition from the shipment of defective rounds so an all-points-bulletin was broadcast last night, Motoyama said.

The department will be notifying the officers who picked up ammunition after the defective shipment was received. It will also continue to broadcast the APB for several more days, Motoyama said.

The ammunition, with lot numbers A16H32 and 83618, was received on Feb. 22.

Most officers are issued new ammunition only after they qualify with their weapon at the department's firing range.

Honolulu Police Department

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