- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) - A preliminary investigation into a shootout that left a suspect dead found that the two officers involved had followed proper protocol.

Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu said the officers did exactly as they had been trained when they were confronted by a fugitive following a traffic stop Saturday in Wailuku, reported The Maui News (http://bit.ly/1Gn2cDB).

“I want to reassure the public that they followed the protocol and supervisors and field commanders also followed protocol,” Faaumu said Wednesday. “It makes me feel confident knowing that.”

The shooting occurred when police recognized the passenger of the black Toyota 4Runner as 46-year-old Shawn Akamine, who was wanted on a warrant. Akamine got out of the vehicle and started shooting at the officers.

Police said the officers returned fire and struck Akamine, who then shot himself. Akamine was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he later died.

Police said the driver of the SUV was taken into custody for questioning and later released pending further investigation.

According to court records, Akamine had been indicted on two counts each of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia in December 2013.

A $100,000 bench warrant was issued for Akamine in November when he failed to show up for a pretrial conference in a 2nd Circuit Court case. Another $50,000 warrant was issued in December after he didn’t show up for his trail in the case.

The two officers, a five-year veteran and a four-year veteran, in the shooting remain on paid administrative leave. The officers have been offered counseling through an employee assistance program, Faaumu said.

Faaumu said police are continuing to investigate the shooting.

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Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

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