The Associated Press - A State Department agent charged with murder while in Hawai'i to help with security of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit was negligent for going drinking while armed, according to a civil lawsuit filed by the victim's parents.
Special Agent Christopher Deedy was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kollin Elderts of Kailua, O'ahu, after a Nov. 5 confrontation between the two men in a Waikiki McDonald's restaurant.
Michael Green, the lawyer for Elderts' father and stepmother, filed a lawsuit last week in Circuit Court in Honolulu against Deedy, seeking an unspecified amount in damages. "Christopher Deedy was negligent, grossly negligent and reckless, including by going drinking while armed with a loaded pistol," the lawsuit claims. Elderts and Deedy were involved in an early-morning argument at the Kuhio Avenue McDonald's when the shooting occurred, police said. Elderts was shot in the chest and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Deedy was arrested at the scene and released two days later after posting $250,000 bond. Deedy, who remains in Honolulu with his wife, is expected to be arraigned this week.