Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Honolulu Police Officer Arrested, Released After Alleged Accidental Shooting

Sgt. Anson Kimura
Sgt. Anson Kimura

Local news

The Honolulu Police Department is investigating whether an officer was drinking when he allegedly shot a woman by accident at a Honolulu-area sports bar early Friday morning.
Arrest records indicate Sgt. Anson Kimura, 56, was arrested just before 2 p.m. on Saturday at police headquarters on Beretania Street. He was booked on felony assault charges and released, pending an investigation.
Authorities say Kimura's .38-caliber revolver went of at King's Sports Bar on Friday. A 40-year-old woman believed to have been an employee at the establishment was shot in the abdomen, paramedics said.
A police investigation into the incident is ongoing.


  1. Dangerous bumbling gun owners indeed. Of course, Hawaii's restrictive policies on carry permits are right up there with New Jersey's, so I'm afraid that it's not a very accurate tag. It's going to be interesting to see how a negligent discharge with a revolver is going to be explained. It isn't an easy thing to do considering the long trigger pull involved.

    "How do you shoot a gun by accident?
    KHON2 went to the administrator of Honolulu Firearms and Range to ask how a .38-caliber revolver can be shot accidentally.
    Cameron Cortez said you would need to pull or “cock” what’s known as the hammer and then pull the trigger to fire. Without pulling on the hammer, you can still fire the weapon, but it would take 10 to 12 pounds of pressure on the trigger to do that.
    “In order for you to lift 10 pounds with your finger, that’s how much pressure you would need to pull, you have to exert quite a bit of pressure on the hammer itself to pull it back anyway, so… everything you do on this firearm is intentional,” said Cortez.
    He says it’s surprising that anyone trained in firearms would accidentally fire such a weapon.
    Those who know Kimura are just as surprised."


    The other issue seems to be whether the Sergeant was under the influence while carrying a firearm, they have legislation moving through the legislature that will result in a person getting a ticket for discharging a firearm while intoxicated. Ironically, this is in response to an incident involving an incident involving a federal agent.


    There seems to be a concern regarding the constitutionality of the testing. In minnesota, the law closely mimics laws regarding DUI with a car but with lower levels of alcohol required for prima facia evidence. And it isn't just a ticket. Jail time possible, to say nothing of losing the carry permit.

    1. I don't see the need to distinguish between cops and civilian gun owners. Both are legal owners and users of the guns and therefore bound by the same safety rules.

    2. I don't see the need to distinguish between cops and civilian gun owners.

      Great! I, too, support restricting private citizens' ownership of so-called "assault weapons," .50 caliber rifles, etc., no more than police forces are subjected to such restrictions, and likewise not restricting private citizens' right to carry firearms to any greater degree than such restrictions apply to cops.