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Agent repeated threats to shoot — victim’s friend

July 26, 2013
By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - A federal agent accused of fatally shooting a man in a Waikiki fast-food restaurant threatened him, saying "acting like this will get you shot," a friend of the man killed testified at the agent's trial Thursday.

Shane Medeiros and his childhood friend, Kollin Elderts, were celebrating birthdays of friends before ending up at the McDonald's during the early-morning hours of Nov. 5, 2011. Elderts, whom Medeiros described as a happy-go-lucky jokester, was kidding around with cashiers and a customer.

Medeiros, 24, testified that he later asked the customer what his problem was because he kept staring at them, even after they told him they were just joking around.

At one point, a man was standing over the table where Elderts was sitting, Medeiros recalled. "He was just standing there like he had something to prove to us, like we were there to cause trouble," Medeiros said.

That man was State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy, who is accused of being intoxicated when he shot and killed Elderts. Deedy, 29, of Arlington, Va., claims he was acting in self-defense and protecting the customer from being bullied by Elderts. He was in town to help with security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Deedy never identified himself as a law enforcement officer, Medeiros said.

Deedy repeated, "Feel like getting shot? You wanna get shot?" Medeiros testified.

Elderts stood up and repeated, "If you going shoot me, shoot me."

Medeiros noticed Deedy reach toward his hip and saw the butt of a gun.

Deedy kicked Elderts, who then slapped him. "He kind of open-hand slapped the defendant," Medeiros said.

The two began to fight. And Medeiros fought with Deedy's friend, Adam Gutowski. Medeiros testified that Gutowski's girlfriend got involved. "I just remember her punching me, too," Medeiros said.

Medeiros heard the gunshots.

Elderts, 23, of Kailua died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Earlier in the evening, Elderts was being his usual jovial self, Medeiros recalled.

"He was in a great mood. We both were. Everybody was," he said. "He was just being himself. He had a great spirit. He could talk story with any random person. He could make anyone laugh."

 
 

 

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