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Mason Noah Kekuhau-pi’o Saio, 21
Kauai, Hawaii
August 17, 2013

Agencies: Kauai Police Department - Hawaii

Last updated: 4 months ago

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A 21-year-old Kalaheo man was shot and killed Friday night at Nawiliwili during a confrontation with four police officers.

Friends of the victim identified the man as Mason Saio.  

On Saturday, a small bouquet of flowers in a white, five-gallon bucket and an open can of beer were placed against a stone wall along the Nawiliwili Harbor jetty, which marked the spot where Saio was shot.

According to county officials, the incident began shortly after 10:40 p.m. while Kauai Police Department officers were conducting a “routine check for criminal activity” in the Nawiliwili jetty area.

The officers came upon a gathering of adults and juveniles, including Saio, who was in a parked vehicle holding two firearms.

The officers told Saio to drop his weapons, according to county officials.

Saio allegedly threw one of the guns out of the car but held on to the other.

The officers repeatedly told Saio to drop his weapon, but he pointed the firearm toward the officers, according to county officials said.