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State briefs for April 16

Police shoot, kill man who walked into a home

HONOLULU — Honolulu police shot and killed a man who walked into a Honolulu home and punched officers responding to a burglary call Wednesday night.

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The man, who is about 29 years old, arrived at the home in a car, walked inside, sat down and took off his shoes — frightening the occupants, said Police Chief Susan Ballard.

When the first officer arrived, the man had returned to his car and walked toward a second officer. The first officer ordered the man to stop and get on the ground, Ballard said, but the man instead punched the first officer several times.

A third officer then arrived and tried to deploy a stun gun, which Ballard said was ineffective. The man charged at the third officer and punched him, she said.

The man then began running and charging at the first officer, who fired one round.

“But the suspect continued and tackled Officer One, straddled him and began punching Officer One again,” Ballard said.

The second officer fired three rounds, and the man fell to the ground, Ballard said.

“This all happened in less than one minute from Officer One’s arrival,” she said.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The three officers were taken to a hospital. The first officer remained hospitalized Thursday with multiple facial fractures, a concussion and injuries to his limbs, Ballard said. The other two officers were released and suffered various injuries, she said.

Police will review footage from cameras the officers wore.

The man doesn’t appear to have a criminal record and appeared to be Black, Ballard said. The medical examiner’s office had not yet released his name.

Honolulu seeks public input on road project

HONOLULU — Honolulu is seeking public input for a project to improve the safety, especially for bicyclists and pedestrians, along Ala Wai Boulevard in Waikiki.

An administrator for the city Department of Transportation Services, Renee Espiau, said Tuesday that an upcoming department report will identify five intersections with high rates of pedestrian injuries.

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There were 38 recorded bicycle and pedestrian injuries on the boulevard from 2012-16, Espiau said.

Espiau said some potential additions could include new curb extensions, pedestrian crossings, sidewalk enhancements, shared-use paths, protected bikeways, lighting improvements or speed reduction measures.

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