HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) – The 37-year-old man shot by police Thursday night in Waikele does not have a criminal record, but does have a series of serious domestic violence complaints.
The suspect ― identified as Casey Asato ― remains in critical condition at the hospital after being shot at least three times. Police say he was shot after pointing a gun at an officer, and faces charges including attempted
Hawaii News Now has learned Asato was due in court because of a temporary restraining order that detailed years of alleged abuse. Asato had reportedly used a handgun to threaten his estranged wife over the last few years.
Police launched a manhunt for Asato on Thursday afternoon after he allegedly fired a round then tried to set fire to his estranged wife’s Kakaako workplace.
The owner said he was slightly burned putting out the fire, but is OK.
Earlier in the day, Asato and his estranged wife had argued at the business and she called police, then left.
The Domestic Violence Action Center was assisting the woman, and CEO Nanci Kreidman says the incidents underscore how perilous the situation can be for abuse victims.