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WATCH: Multiple Shots Fired During Officer-Involved Shooting in Hilo Friday

By Tiffany DeMasters
June 19, 2021, 11:30 AM HST
* Updated June 19, 4:24 PM
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The footage in this post could be considered graphic in nature. Watch at your own discretion.

Authorities have released body-worn camera footage of an officer-involved shooting on June 18 that left one officer injured and the suspect dead.

Footage shows officers approach a bedroom door in a home. As they enter a crash can be heard and multiple shots are fired. One officer yells, “shots fired, shots fired!”

Another officer can be seen with an injury to his arm. A fellow patrol officer gets him out of the house and tends to his injury.

The suspect fatally shot by officers was identified as a 31-year-old man with no permanent address. He was armed with a knife and a machete when he reportedly stabbed a 12-year veteran officer in the arm during a confrontation in a Hilo home.

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Footage provided comes from two of the three officers who responded to the incident. Video wasn’t recovered from the officer who was stabbed in the arm. Authorities are still investigating the reason this camera didn’t capture footage of the incident.

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This is Hawai‘i County’s second fatal officer-involved shooting within a week, the first occurring on June 13, after officers shot and killed 34-year-old Ryan Yukiharu Santos after he opened fire on law enforcement.

Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a reporter for Big Island Now. Tiffany worked as the cops and courts reporter for West Hawaii Today from 2017 to 2019. She also contributed stories to Ke Ola Magazine and Honolulu Civil Beat.
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