Kahului (HawaiiNewsNow) – The corner of Pu’ukani Street and South Pu’unene Avenue in Kahului appeared to be back to normal on Friday with heavy traffic.
But in one house Leodelfa Antaran mourns the death of his son.
“I miss my son. He doesn’t deserve to die,” she said Thursday night.
Antalan said her son, Reinaldo Ricarde, 29, is suffering from mental health problems.
Officers returned to his home around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday because he had suicidal thoughts, police said.
“The co-pilot encountered a man holding a weapon over his head. The man had to advance towards our officer and fire the weapon.
Tom said they tried to resuscitate him, but he later died in hospital.
Antalan said her son did not deserve to die.
“My son needs justice. He needs to pay for what he did to my son,” she said.
Maui police investigating shooting of gunman dead in Kahului
Mental health expert Dr. Dara Rampersad helped launch crisis intervention training for the Maui Police Department. He trained his MPD officers his six years. He is currently training first responders in Arizona.
“No cop wants to take someone’s life in his job. That’s not the part of the job that anyone wants,” Dr. Lampersad said. “This is one of his toughest calls of any officer.”
The last police-involved shooting on Maui dates back to 2018. Kaurana “Toji” Reinhardt, 26, was shot dead by police when he exchanged gunfire with a police officer.
Maui Police officials said the officers in Thursday’s fatal shooting were placed on vacation, which is standard procedure.
“I just want people to have compassion for the fact that this person was doing his job,” Dr. Rampersad said. I am convinced.”
“And as long as you can be compassionate with everyone involved, I think that’s really great.”
MPD officials said no other injuries were reported and an investigation was ongoing.
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