One police officer died after being shot while responding to an assault call in Hawaii on Sunday, according to a member of the Honolulu city council. A second officer was hospitalized in critical condition and the gunman was being sought, authorities said.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that officers responded to an assault call when they encountered a male with a firearm who opened fire.
“We grieve with HPD and other first responders who put their lives on the line to keep us safe,” said council member Kymberly Marcos Pine.
Honolulu police spokeswoman Michelle Yu did not confirm the death but said more than one officer was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Cedric Yamanaka, a spokesman for the Queen’s Medical Center, declined to provide any information about the victims, deferring to the Honolulu police.
The neighborhood where the shooting occurred is at the far end of the Waikiki Beach between the Honolulu Zoo and the famed Diamond Head State Monument. Ordinarily the area would be packed with tourists and locals, especially on a weekend.
A home the suspected gunman was believed to be inside caught fire and was quickly engulfed by flames. The fire at the home then spread to two neighboring homes and a parked police vehicle. The Honolulu fire department was battling the blazes.
No arrests had been made. Police closed several streets and the public was asked to avoid the area.