UPDATE (4:25 p.m.) – Hawaiʻi Island Police have identified the woman shot and killed in Puna as a result of an officer-involved shooting that occurred early Friday morning as 26-year-old Ashley Elisna Grammer of Hilo.
Hawaiʻi Police provided the updated information on the incident in a Friday evening media release, which included a police photo of Grammer.
(BIVN) – A woman was shot and killed by Hawaiʻi County Police officers on Beach Road in the area known as Honolulu landing early this morning, after police say she “used a stolen vehicle to continuously ram into a police SUV.”
The name of the deceased suspect is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, police say. “She is a 26-year-old female and at the time of the incident, a fugitive being sought on two $50,000 warrants of arrest,” police report, adding that they have initiated an attempted murder investigation.
From the Hawaiʻi County Police press release:
On (October 12), at approximately 1:00 a.m., Puna patrol officers were conducting routine beat checks on Beach Road in the area known as Honolulu landing when they came upon a 1998 Toyota 4-runner which was parked within a narrow dirt trail near the ocean. As officers were attempting to exit their vehicle, the 4-Runner suddenly reversed at a high rate of speed ramming the front end of the police Chevy Tahoe and knocking one officer out of the vehicle. It then began moving back and forth creating force to violently ram the police vehicle numerous times. The suspect’s continuing course of action placed two officers who were then on foot and in close proximity in great danger of being hit or run over. As the incident continued, three officers fired at and into the vehicle, the 26-year old female driver was struck and later succumbed to her injuries. A 22-year old female passenger in the 4-Runner was not injured in the incident.
The suspect vehicle, displayed fraudulent license plates and further investigation determined the vehicle had been reported stolen on Sunday, (October 7), taken from the parking lot of a business establishment in Hilo.
The three officers who fired on the vehicle have 7, 3, and under 1-year of service respectively, none of the officers sustained physical injuries in the incident.
The Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigation Section is conducting a criminal investigation and the Office of Professional Standards is conducting an administrative investigation, the department says, which is standard practice in any police-involved shooting. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave at this time, police say.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Detective William Brown at (808) 961-2384.