Hawaii School Shooting: Police Officer Fires at Runaway Teen
A shooting occurred early Tuesday morning at Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Unlike the typical school shootings that have taken place lately, this instead involved police officers.
A police officer shot a 17-year-old runaway boy in the wrist following the attack of three other officers.
School officials notified the police when they realized that the boy, who was previously enrolled, was a runaway felon and not a student at the school anymore.
Commander of the Honolulu Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Richard Robinson, reported to Daily Mail that the boy responded defensively in attempt to get away from officers when they arrived to the school “to take him into custody.”
The boy violently attacked one cop with a knife, cutting him in his chest area. Two other officers were also punched.
In retaliation, an officer shot two rounds, one of which hit the teenage boy in the wrist.
One witness said that the confrontation between the boy and the officers most likely happened in a school counselor’s office since he was not too far away from the shots.
The school of 1,500 students was immediately locked down following the stream of events.
The shooting, which occurred at 8:30 a.m., prompted school officials to cancel classes early and students were ordered to evacuate off campus at a nearby memorial cemetery.
A number of parents showed up at the school waiting to hear word from their children.
President of the statewide police officers union told KBAC-TV that the police officers didn’t plan on shooting the boy but regardless of age, if a suspect poses a threat then police officers are expected to protect themselves.
According to Education Department officials, “Hawaii is one of 12 states that have not had a school shooting, or someone entering a campus with the intent to shoot.”
Piers Morgan posted on Twitter Tuesday that the school shooting ranks 37 in American history, but later deleted the tweet.
Hawaii school shooting is 9th in America in 2014, 37th since Newtown.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 28, 2014