HEARTACHE has struck the men and women in blue of the Honolulu police force as two police officers were fatally shot near Diamond Head yesterday, Sunday, morning.
Sunday’s incident is the just the second time in the history of the Honolulu Police Department in which two officers were killed in the same incident. And it’s been 17 years since a shooting claimed the life of an HPD officer.
As Euro Weekly News understands, a woman was stabbed at a home near Hawaii’s Diamond Head State Monument on Sunday morning. Officers responded to the stabbing at around 9:30 am local time, and were met with gunfire — two were killed, and one was wounded.
According to VOX By 9:45 am local time, the home was in flames. It is believed that the fire, which subsequently affected 12 homes, completely destroying four, was begun by the suspect of both the stabbing and shooting.
The names of the civilians killed and wounded have not been revealed, neither the current critical state of the wounded.
According to Hawaii News Now, the suspected gunman — who is believed to have died as well — opened fire on police officers responding to a stabbing. That suspected gunman reportedly stabbed his landlord as she tried to evict him.
Officials have praised the action of first responders and offered their condolences to the families of the fallen officers. Governor David Ige said, “Our entire state mourns the loss of two Honolulu Police officers killed in the line of duty this morning.”
On Twitter, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell called the incident “an unprecedented tragedy for not only the City and County of Honolulu but the entire state of Hawaii,” and said, “I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two officers as well as the entire Honolulu Police Department.”
I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the two officers as well as the entire Honolulu Police Department. This is an unprecedented tragedy for not only the City and County of Honolulu but the entire state of Hawai’i.
— Kirk Caldwell (@MayorKirkHNL) January 19, 2020