Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Diplomatic Security Agent Shoots, Kills Local Resident in Honolulu

Nearly 70 people marched in Honolulu late on Tuesday (November 8) to honor Kollin Elderts, 23, a resident of Oahu, who authorities say was fatally shot by a federal agent in town for this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.

Protesters held signs saying "APEC Kills" and "Justice for Kollin" in reference to Elderts, who was allegedly shot and killed by US Department of State Special Agent Christopher Deedy, 27, inside a McDonald's restaurant in Waikiki on Saturday (November 5).

COMMENT: From all indications, the altercation in the McDonald's restaurant was not related to Deedy's official duties in Honolulu.

Although the details in this case are sketchy, Deedy has reportedly been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was released Monday after posting $250,000 bail.

Deedy is accused of fatally shooting Elderts during a confrontation in the famous tourist district. He was sent to Honolulu to help with security at APEC, but has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Police said Elderts, Deedy and two other men were involved in an argument at the restaurant when the shooting occurred. Elderts suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Deedy is scheduled for a court appearance on November 17.

Police have confirmed a knife was found inside the McDonald's after the shooting, but would not identify the person it belonged to. Michael Green, an attorney for the Elderts family, contends that Elderts was unarmed at the time.

The APEC meeting is drawing leaders of 21 nations and economies from around the Asia-Pacific region, including China, Japan, Russia and Australia. President Barack Obama will serve as the host to the foreign leaders.

Updates on this report will be provided as information becomes available.