On the same day the Maui News reports that the mother of Marshall Langford, the alleged car thief shot and killed by a Maui Police officer on May 22, denied that her son owned a gun, the Maui PD has released a statement saying they recovered “firearms” and a “clear glass smoking pipe” from the car Langford allegedly stole. Here’s the Maui PD news release (NOTE–The names of the suspects “Marshall Langford” and “Lorden K. Cooper” are spelled wrong in the press release):
MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT
CLASSIFICATION: ATTEMPTED MURDER I. REPORT NO: 12-023750
INVESTIGATING COMPONENT: Criminal Investigation Division PRESS RELEASE NO:
On 05/23/12 at 10:30 am., Maui Police Detectives executed a Search Warrant upon the stolen rental vehicle used in this case and operated by Responsible Marshal [sic] LANGFORD (31 years old), of Wailuku, Hi, at the Mana Kai Resort in Kihei. Police recovered a clear glass smoking pipe, (commonly used to smoke Crystal Methamphetamine), firearms and additional items from within the stolen vehicle.
As a result of this investigation and the search conducted, on 05/23/12 at 2:45 pm, the second person involved in this incident, identified as Loren [sic] K. COOPER (28 years old), also of Wailuku, was placed under arrest for being a Felon in Possession of a firearm, Place to keep a firearm, Registration Mandatory, Permit to Acquire, and Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Motor Vehicle.
This investigation is still ongoing as more cases involving the stolen rental vehicle, the Responsible(s) LANGFORD, COOPER, and other Responsible(s) are being investigated.
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Original post follows…
More details are slowly trickling out in the Maui Police shooting death of Marshall Langford. Maui PD says he was in a stolen car in the Mana Kai Maui Resort parking lot in Kihei on the morning of May 22, pulled a gun on officers while trying to escape and was promptly shot dead by an 18-year veteran of the force.
Cut and dry, except the story in today’s Maui News. “Family members said Marshall Langford didn’t have a gun, as police alleged, and was reaching for a cellphone when he was fatally shot by a police officer in a Kihei parking lot Tuesday morning,” wrote cop beat reporter Lila Fujimoto. The reporter than quoted Genevieve Langford, the mother of Marshall Langford, as saying, “They could have Tasered him or shoot the tires, do something like that. They’re trained. They didn’t have to shoot. There was other ways and means.”
The Maui PD is still investigating, but the Langford shooting is starting to eerily resemble the January 2004 fatal shooting of Lisa Kaina, 27, in Paia. Kaina had allegedly stolen a car, and was shot dead on Baldwin Ave. by a Maui Police officer. The Maui PD justified the use of deadly force by saying Kaina was driving the car in a way that posed a “danger” to the officers. Though the PD has always refused to identify the officers who shot and killed Kaina (though the County of Maui did indemnify them), this blog identified one of them as Nelson Johnson, the same officer who allegedly assaulted MauiTime publisher Tommy Russo in April 2011.
As in the Kaina case, news reports flooded Maui after the shooting detailing Langford’s lengthy police record of theft and drug possession.
In the meantime, here’s the only public statement yet released by the Maui PD on the shooting of Langford, which came out on May 22. As you can see, it still doesn’t include the name of the officer who shot and killed Langford. Don’t expect that to change anytime soon:
MAUI COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
CLASSIFICATION: ATTEMPTED MURDER II
REPORT NO: 12-023750
INVESTIGATING COMPONENT: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION
An 18 year veteran Maui Police Officer shot a male suspect in Kihei after he allegedly pulled a handgun on the officer this morning.
Maui Police said they received a report of a stolen vehicle parked at the Mana Kai Maui Hotel. When officers arrived on scene about 11:20 a.m., they found a suspect in the vehicle.
Police said the suspect attempted to flee the scene within the vehicle 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.
The victim has been identified as 31 year old Marshall M.K. LANGFORD of Wailuku.
The officer has been placed on Administrative Leave. This investigation is still on-going at this time.
Acting Captain Peter Delima
Criminal Investigation Division
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Photo of Taser: Department of Defense/Wikimedia Commons