Officers from HPD's Specialized Services Division stood by as other officers tried to get in contact with an off-duty police officer who was involved in a barricade situation this morning at 94-1459 Waipio Uka St. An officer used a wireless microphone to try to contact the suspect via a loudspeaker.

Police officer
arrested peacefully

A townhouse complex was
evacuated during the standoff

By Nelson Daranciang

Scores of residents at a Waipio townhouse complex were evacuated this morning as police officers, including the SWAT team, responded to a domestic situation involving an off-duty police officer in one of the townhouses.

After a six-hour standoff, the situation ended peacefully when the 37-year-old officer walked out to go to work, said Honolulu Police Assistant Chief Henry Lau.

The officer, a 10-year veteran assigned to the Wahiawa station, was arrested for investigation of domestic abuse.

An HPD officer escorted a suspect who was arrested for investigation of domestic abuse this morning. The suspect is a 10-year police veteran, assigned to the Wahiawa station.

Police were called about 2:20 a.m. to a townhouse on the 94-1400 block of Waipio Uka St., Lau said.

When officers arrived, a woman, described as the off-duty officer's girlfriend, was leaving the apartment. The officer went into his townhouse, closed the door and turned off the lights, Lau said.

After an officer heard what he thought was "the racking of a weapon," the department's Specialized Services Division was called for re-enforcement. Residents in eight neighboring townhouses were evacuated.

Then at 8:20 a.m., "the person did come to the front door and was preparing to leave. He was kind of astonished seeing police officers greeting him at the front door," Lau said.

The off-duty officer reportedly was drinking the night before and slept through the morning while police waited outside, Lau said.

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