A 16-year-old boy has been fatally shot by police in Hawaii following a car chase involving a stolen vehicle linked to crimes in the area.
Honolulu police shot a stolen Honda Civic on Monday while chasing the vehicle, which entered oncoming traffic and crashed into two police cars before crashing into a canal.
The Honolulu medical examiner’s office on Wednesday identified 16-year-old Iremamber Sykap as the deceased victim of the shooting. Sykap was the driver of the stolen vehicle, according to local reports, and died of several gunshot wounds.
The lawsuit began after the Honda Civic, which was reported stolen over the weekend, was linked to other crimes in the Oahu area, including a burglary, purse theft and theft car. Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said Monday evening that the car was also used in an armed robbery 20 minutes before the fatal shooting.
Ballard said officers fired seven to eight shots just before the vehicle crashed into the canal. Three police officers who fired their guns were placed on administrative leave during an investigation.
Along with Sykap, police said the car was carrying five other people: four teenagers aged 14 to 18 and a 22-year-old. All were arrested.
Ballard said an officer said he saw what appeared to be a gun in the seat when he approached the Civic, but no gun was found in the vehicle. None of the suspects had a gun with them when they were arrested.
Ballard said his department was reviewing police body camera footage of the incident.
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