Homes Burn After Shooter Kills 2 Police Officers in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Published on 20 Jan 2020, 18:09
Homes burn after a shooter kills two police officers in Honolulu, Hawaii, Sunday, January 19, as they responded to a home in a leafy neighborhood beneath the rim of a famed volcanic crater near Waikiki Beach.
READ MORE: The officers were responding to a call from a woman who said she needed help and found her with a stab wound to her leg, police said Sunday.

The suspect opened fire as police arrived, killing Officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama, said Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard.

The house caught fire, and Ballard said the suspect as well as two women who were in the home were unaccounted for.

“Our entire state mourns the loss of two Honolulu Police officers killed in the line of duty this morning,” Governor David Ige said in a statement.

The neighborhood where the shooting occurred is at the far end of the Waikiki Beach between the Honolulu Zoo and the famed Diamond Head State Monument.

The area would be packed with tourists and locals, especially on a weekend.

“It sounded like a lot of shots, or a lot of popping, loud noises going on,” said Honolulu resident Peter Murray. “So hope everybody is all right. Some people got hurt today.”

“We grieve with HPD and other first-responders who put their lives on the line to keep us safe,” said Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine.

The suspected gunman was believed to be inside when there home caught fire and was quickly engulfed by flames. The fire at has since spread to several neighboring homes and a parked police vehicle. (AP)