Shooting of homeless Pinoy in Hawaii reclassified as 2nd-degree murder

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Posted at Jul 06 2019 05:00 PM

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The shooting of a homeless Filipino man by a deputy sheriff in Hawaii in February has been reclassified as a second-degree murder.

The Honolulu Police initially said the case has been referred to the City Prosecutor's Office to determine if the deputy sheriff should be charged for shooting 28-year old Delmar Espejo.

Hawaii's Department of Public Safety said the shooting happened in self-defense after Espejo reportedly failed to follow orders by the deputy that he throw out the alcohol he was drinking and leave the state capitol grounds.

But autopsy revealed the bullet entered the Filipino man's upper back from close range.

The unidentified deputy sheriff remains on restricted duty.

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