Hawaii's Governor David Ige said two police officers have died after a shooting in Honolulu.
"Our entire state mourns the loss of two Honolulu Police officers killed in the line of duty this morning," Governor David Ige said in a statement, cited by AP.
Earlier, a Honolulu City councilwoman said that one police officer had died, while a second had been hospitalized in critical condition, AP reported.
"We grieve with HPD and other first-responders who put their lives on the line to keep us safe,'' said councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine, cited by AP.
Initial reports suggested that at least two police officers in Hawaii had been shot dead after responding to an assault call, killed by a suspect who had barricaded himself in a house.
The house in which the suspected gunman reportedly took refuge caught on fire which, according to multiple reports, quickly spread to neighboring homes.
The Honolulu Fire Department is battling the blazes.
The FBI said on Sunday that authorities are responding to an “active shooter” in Waikiki, Hawaii.
“We are responding to an active shooter in Waikiki. That is what we are responding to. It is developing,” FBI Honolulu Operational Support Technician Derek Hayes said, cited by CNN.
Netizens shared footage claimed to be from the site.
Breaking: At least 2 police officers have been shot near Diamond Head in Honolulu, Hawaii. Multiple houses are on fire at the scene. pic.twitter.com/ewK7qCUxdp— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) January 19, 2020
NOW: Multiple Houses Burning & Multiple Police Officers Reported Shot In Honolulu @honolulupolice @HNL_HFD #police #honolulu #firefighters #firefighter #officerdown #shotsfired #activeshooter #Hawaii pic.twitter.com/HIUzHoCOPR— Billy Goldfeder (@BillyGoldfeder) January 19, 2020
According to AP, citing local police, no arrests have been made.
Police closed several nearby streets, and urged the public to avoid the area.
In the area of Hibicus Dr. and connecting streets are closed down due to police investigation.— Honolulu Police (@honolulupolice) January 19, 2020
No further details were immediately available.