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Police officers on island of Molokaʻi shoot and kill 40-year-old with machete

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A 40-year-old man wielding a machete was shot and killed Sunday by Maui police officers during a confrontation on the island of Molokaʻi.

The man was identified as Nathaniel Naki of Kaunakakai.

The two officers had been responding to a report of a temporary restraining order violation at 7:41 a.m. near mile 18.5 of the Kamehameha V Highway in Wailua, Molokaʻi.

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Police say the man advanced toward the officers. One officer deployed his taser, but when that proved ineffective both officers fired their weapons.

Officers performed life-saving measures until medic personnel arrived on the scene, according to department reports.

Naki was transported to the Molokaʻi General Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.  

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The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave as standard procedure.

There were no other injuries reported and the investigation is ongoing.

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