Corrections Officer in Hawaii shoots fleeing con
Yesterday, Wed. 4/12/06, Hilo, Hawaii, a 24 yr. old, convict leaving a courthouse where his probation was revoked (sentencing him to 10 yrs.), is greeted/handshake by a friend before entering a Corrections van to be transported to jail. While at a stoplight, the con is relieved of his cuffs, supposedly with a handcuff key that was passed to him in the handshake. He is able to exit the vehicle, is thrown to the ground by a Corrections Officer, where he rolls under the van to the opposite side, rises and starts to run. The Corrections Officer draws his piece and shoot him in the back of the head. Convict dies. Officer is now on paid leave, awaiting investigation.
BTW, another officer (personal friend) claims it is part of their training to fire upon fleeing con, as they do not know at that point if the con has a firearm or not, which is possible as, if he was passed a key, he could of easily been passed a small handgun/knife, etc.
I will post more information as it becomes available.