Prosecuting Attorney Determines Ala Moana Center OIS "Legal and Justified"
Honolulu (HI) – Today, Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm announced that after reviewing the evidence in the January 24, 2022, officer-involved shooting near Ala Moana Center, the Honolulu Police Department officers’ actions were both legal and justified. Below is a statement on this matter from State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers President, Robert Cavaco:
“Responding officers exhaustively attempted to de-escalate a quickly unfolding and violent incident orchestrated by an armed suspect, Mr. Kaleopaa. These officers were forced to take action to protect themselves and the public from a potentially lethal attack from the armed suspect. We agree with Prosecuting Attorney Alm that our officers’ actions were both legal and justified and this incident reinforces the danger our officers must confront each day to try and keep our communities safe.”
Robert Cavaco, President, SHOPO
The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO) represents over 2,600 police officers in the State of Hawaii. Our officers serve in the Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii County Police Department, Maui County Police Department, and Kaua’i County Police Department.