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The Latest: Deputy shot man while in scuffle at Capitol

February 20, 2019
Hawaii Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda speaks to news reporters in Honolulu on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 about a deputy sheriff that shot and killed a man during a struggle at the state Capitol the night before. The state Department of Public Safety says the deputy sheriff was conducting routine patrols at the Capitol in downtown Honolulu Monday night when he encountered a man with a bottle of alcohol. Hawaii News Now reports Honolulu police say the man was "physically combative" with the deputy despite numerous warnings. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a deputy sheriff shooting and killing at the Hawaii Capitol (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Hawaii Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda says a deputy sheriff was in a physical struggle with a man who refused to stop drinking at the state Capitol before fatally shooting him.

Espinda says the deputy was patrolling the Capitol grounds Monday night when he found a man with an open container of alcohol. The man ignored the deputy’s directions to throw out the alcohol and leave the Capitol grounds.

Espinda says the man became physically combative and an “extreme struggle” ensued. Espinda says the deputy fired his weapon while the two were in close contact during the scuffle.

The man was shot in the upper torso and taken to a hospital, where he died.

The deputy has been with the state Department of Public Safety since 2017 and is on restricted duty.

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11:30 a.m.

A deputy Hawaii sheriff shot and killed a man during a struggle at the state Capitol.

The state Department of Public Safety says the deputy sheriff was conducting routine patrols at the Capitol in downtown Honolulu Monday night when he encountered a man with a bottle of alcohol.

Hawaii News Now reports Honolulu police say the man was “physically combative” with the deputy despite numerous warnings.

The department says sheriffs performed CPR until emergency medical workers arrived to take him to a hospital, where he died.

The Honolulu medical examiner’s office says the man’s identification is pending.

The department is conducting an internal investigation. Honolulu police are also investigating.

The sheriff division is responsible for protecting state facilities, including the Hawaii Capitol.