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HPD Investigates Officer-Involved Shooting

August 20, 2015, 6:15 PM HST
* Updated August 20, 6:16 PM
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A Thursday afternoon non-fatal officer-involved shooting is currently being investigated by the Hawai’i Police Department.

HPD reports that just before 2 p.m., Puna Patrol officers, along with State of Hawai’i Sheriffs, attempted to serve a bench warrant at a residence on Mauna Lani Tract Road in Puna. Police say a vehicle then sped towards the officers in a threatening manner.

In response to the forward-moving vehicle, a police officer fired three shots and a deputy sheriff fired two shots towards the vehicle.

The individual operating the vehicle was shot and the vehicle struck another deputy sheriff before it came to a rest after running into bushes on the property.

HPD has identified the driver as 27-year-old Jomal Ford of Mountain View. He was arrested at the scene for suspicion of attempted murder and for the warrant of arrest.

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Officials say Ford was taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of an apparent non-life threatening gunshot would. He remains in custody as the investigation continues.

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The Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigation Section will conduct a criminal investigation into the shooting, as is standard procedure with all officer-involved shootings. The Office of Professional Standards will also conduct an administrative investigation.

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