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Fatal shooting of car theft suspect in Kihei; second suspect in custody

May 31, 2012
The Maui Weekly

A Maui police officer shot a male suspect in Kihei after he allegedly pulled a handgun on the officer on the morning of May 22.

Police said they received a report of a stolen vehicle parked at the Mana Kai Maui Hotel. When officers arrived on scene at 11:20 a.m., they found a suspect in the vehicle.

According to the police report, the suspect attempted to flee the scene, and while doing so, allegedly pulled out a handgun and pointed it at one of the officers. The officer responded by firing his weapon at the suspect, who sustained fatal injuries.

A glass pipe of the type commonly used to smoke crystal methamphetamine was found in the vehicle, as well as firearms.

The police officer involved in the shooting is an 18-year veteran of the Maui Police Department assigned to Kihei Patrol. He is on administrative leave pending an investigation as part of standard procedure by MPD.

The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Marshall M.K. Langford of Wailuku. He was married with a 10-year-old child. Records show Langford had 18 criminal convictions prior to this incident.

The second suspect in the search, Lorden K. Cooper, 28, of Wailuku, turned himself in to police on the evening of May 22. He has 15 prior convictions on his record, and has been charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, being a felon in possession of a firearm, keeping an unloaded firearm in an improper place, not registering a firearm and not having a permit to acquire a firearm.



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