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Nov092011

DSS Agent Arrested in Shooting at Hawaii McDonald's

A U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service special agent was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of fatally shooting a Windward Oahu man at the Kuhio Avenue McDonald’s in Waikiki, Hawaii.

Honolulu police identified the alleged shooter as Christopher W. Deedy, 27, and sources who asked to remain anonymous confirmed that he is a federal agent who was off-duty at the time of the incident.  

Deedy is charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.  Deedy, 27, was released Monday after posting $250,000 bail. He is accused of fatally shooting Elderts during a confrontation in the famous tourist district.

Police have confirmed a knife was found inside the McDonald’s after the shooting but would not say whom the weapon belonged to. Michael Green, an attorney for Elderts’ family, said Monday that Elderts was unarmed.

Federal agents from across the United States are in Hawaii for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference that began yesterday.  

The APEC meeting is drawing leaders of 21 nations and economies from around the Asia-Pacific region, including China, Japan, Russia and Australia. President Barack Obama is hosting a leaders’ summit this weekend.

Deedy’s LinkedIn web page identifies him as a special agent working in the Washington, D.C., area for the department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  The bureau is responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and includes the Diplomatic Security Service.

His LinkedIn page says he is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans who worked as an economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics before joining the State Department in June 2009.

In an interview online as an alumnus of the Fund for American Studies, Deedy described himself as a special agent assigned to the Washington field office, with two primary duties: criminal investigations and working on personal protection details.

“A typical day in the first capacity varies and could entail performing records checks, conducting surveillance, executing an arrest warrant, or a number of other activities,” Deedy said in the interview, posted Oct. 11, 2010. “Working a protection detail varies as well, and could range from liaison activities with visiting foreign delegations to escorting foreign dignitaries throughout the city in a secure motorcade.”

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed Deedy had been in Honolulu to beef up security ahead of the APEC conference, and has now been put on paid administrative leave. APEC is hosted by a different member nation or economy each year. Last year, it was in Yokohama, Japan.

The incident marks an inauspicious start for what Hawaii leaders had been hoping will be a boom week for the state and Waikiki, where many of the key APEC events are being held. President Barack Obama and the leaders of 20 other Asian-Pacific nations are attending, along with an estimated 20,000 others.

Police said the shooting happened in front of the McDonald’s restaurant at 2237 Kuhio Ave. between Royal Hawaiian and Seaside avenues just before 3 a.m.

Deedy was identified and arrested a short distance away at 2234 Kuhio Ave. at 3 a.m. He was being held Saturday pending a second-degree murder charge, according to police.

Police said four males got into a confrontation and the victim suffered a single gunshot wound. Paramedics took him to the Queen’s Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

I don’t know exactly what happened in the McDonald’s restaurant in the wee hours of Saturday morning.  I was a Diplomatic Security special agent for three of my thirty years as a federal criminal investigator. I worked a couple of Hawaii assignments, protecting the then first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.

I do know that there is a lot of urban, bully culture in Oahu that has flaired up in the past. An incident where one of President Bush’s White House staffers was beaten by three men in Waikiki and found in a pool of blood comes to mind.  I’ve been told the violence is escalating and tourism officials are concerned.

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