Hawaii school shooting: Officer shoots runaway teen in wrist

A 17-year-old was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after police officers shot him in the wrist during a struggle.
Posted By Kate Stanton   |   Jan. 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM   |   Comments

HONOLULU, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, Hawaii sent its 1,400 students home at 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, following a shooting incident that put the school on lockdown for nearly two hours.

Shots were heard at around 8:30 a.m., when police arrived on campus to retrieve a 17-year-old runaway.

Described as a "non-active student" registered at the school, the 17-year-old allegedly tried to stab officers with a knife.

“Upon seeing the police officers, the male became combative and brandished a knife, which he used to slash at the officers,” the Honolulu Police Department said in a statement. “One of the officers fired two shots, striking the male once. The male was taken to a hospital in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries,” officials said.

Authorities said later that the teenager would be charged with three counts of attempted murder.

“Incidents like this are very rare in Hawaiʻi," Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi added in a release. "However, our partnership with the Honolulu Police Department on safety drills played a major role in the success of today’s lockdown."

[Maui Now, Hawaii Civil Beat, Hawaii News Now]

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