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Testimony resumes in Honolulu police shooting that killed teen

HONOLULU (AP) — A pellet gun that looked like a firearm was found in a car driven by a 16-year-old boy in Hawaii, a police evidence specialist testified Tuesday in an ongoing hearing to determine whether there is probable cause of murder and attempted murder charges against three officers in the teen’s shooting death.

A judge began hearing testimony from witnesses last week about the April 5 shooting that killed Iremamber Sykap. Honolulu police said he was driving a stolen car linked to an armed robbery, burglary, purse-snatching and car theft. Sykap led officers on a chase immediately before the shooting, police said.

The judge will decide whether there’s a reasonable basis for believing that a crime may have been committed and that the case can go forward to trial. The hearing is scheduled to resume today.

Prosecutors’ decision to pursue charges has been fraught. A grand jury refused to indict them, so prosecutors are seeking a judge’s determination that there’s probable cause for the charges.

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