One of Hawaii’s Most Wanted Fugitives is Killed After Ramming Two Police Cars with His Car

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38-year-old Ronald Barawis was killed in an officer-involved shooting that took place in Hilo, Hawaii early Friday morning.

He was one of Hawaii’s most wanted fugitives when officers located him driving a car on February 5th through a fast food drive-thru.

Officers ordered him to exit his vehicle, but he drove over barriers in the drive-thru lane instead, and accelerated, driving directly at an officer and rammed into two squad cars.

The Hawaii Police Department said that officers fired and that Barawis was killed. A woman in the front seat of his car was injured in the melee.

Gordon Lewis, a witness, told a local news crew, “He then put it in reverse, and then he accelerated and tried to go through the hedges, jumped the curb, and that’s when the police opened fire. It sounded like about a dozen, yeah, from here, and we went up there. Sounded like a couple more shots.”

According to officials, the 28-year-old female passenger was hospitalized and is in critical but stable condition. She and Barawis both sustained several gunshot wounds.

Police found a shotgun, assault rifle, and two semi-automatic handguns within reach of Barawis while he’d been driving. A bulletproof vest was also found.

He was being sought for two outstanding warrants for parole violation and contempt of court, as well as for resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle, reckless driving, and reckless endangering.

The latter three occurrences happened on January 20, 2016, when he’d charged forward with his car, nearly striking an officer.

He was also being sought for questioning for involvement in an attempted murder incident that occurred on December 29, 2015.

investigators say there will be both a criminal and administrative investigation.

Three officers fired their weapons during the incident, none of whom had less than 6 years of experience; one with 20.

They were put on administrative leave, per policy.

 

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