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‘Most Wanted’ suspect killed in police shooting

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One of Hawaii’s ‘most wanted’ suspects has been killed after being shot by police.

Ronald Barawis Jr was in a car when he and a female passenger suffered several gunshot wounds.

The incident happened in Puainako as officers were investigating a possible sighting of a fugitive, later identified as Barawis.

Officers located him in a vehicle in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant car park.

Police said the 38-year-old man had a shotgun, rifle, and two semi-automatic guns within reach in his car and there was also a bullet-proof vest inside.

When officers approached on foot and demanded Barawis get out, he drove over barriers, pressed the accelerator and then sped towards a policeman before ramming two patrol cars, according to authorities.

Officers then opened fire when he reportedly tried to go through hedges and jump the kerb.

Gordon Lewis, who witnessed the shooting, was quoted as saying: “Police had gotten out of the car and approached the vehicle and asked the driver to step out of the car.

“He then put it in reverse and then he accelerated and tried to go thru the hedges and jump the curb and that’s when the police opened fire.”

He added: “It sounded like about a dozen, yeah, from here, and we went up there sounded like a couple more shots.”

A 28-year-old woman who was in the front seat of the vehicle is in critical but stable condition at Hilo Medical Center. She has not been arrested.

Barawis was wanted on two outstanding warrants for a parole violation and contempt of court, as well as resisting an order to stop an automobile, reckless driving and reckless endangering.

He was also being sought for questioning over his alleged involvement in an attempted murder incident in December 2015.

(c) Sky News 2016

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