Shooting of homeless Filipino man in Hawaii reclassified as second-degree murder

In Hawaii, the shooting of a homeless Filipino man by a deputy sheriff back in February has now been reclassified as second-degree murder.

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 sheriff to throw out the alcohol he was drinking, and leave the state capitol grounds.

But the 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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