Tantalus suspect: 'I wanted to commit suicide by cop'
Posted: May 17, 2010 10:46 PM CDT Updated: May 18, 2010 12:01 AM CDT
By Minna Sugimoto – bio | email
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The man shot by an FBI agent on Tantalus Drive a week ago insists he was waving a gun around because he wanted to die and never meant to scare anyone.
Martin Boegel was expected to be released from the hospital and taken into police custody Monday. But doctors decided he wasn't ready to be discharged just yet.
Eight days after he allegedly terrorized motorists on Tantalus Drive with an airsoft gun, Boegel remains in the psychiatric ward at the Queen's Medical Center.
"I wanted to say to the people of the State of Hawaii that my intention was never, ever to threaten or intimidate anybody else," he said by phone. "I wanted to commit suicide."
But witnesses, including Carolyn Carley, say the 27-year-old pointed his replica handgun directly at them.
Boegel says getting an officer to shoot him was his plan, and that he chose Tantalus because he felt it was secluded and no one else would get hurt.
"Police officers are trained to shoot the person until the gun is no longer in the person's hand," he said. "I don't criticize HPD or any other law enforcement organization for the way they handled it."
An off-duty FBI agent, who happened to be in the area, opened fire on the suspect.
"I received two gunshot wounds — one above the heart, one in the shoulder," Boegel said. "I have severe pain in my hand. I have nerve damage to the hand and I'm on nerve medication."
Boegel says he was on prescription anti-depressants and mood stabilizers for four years, until his medical coverage changed.
The suspect's mother tells us she visited him at the hospital Sunday night, and was expecting him to be discharged and arrested Monday.
"I told my mom I'm in a lot of pain, could you please pray for me," Boegel said. "She says, well, you're the one that did that to yourself."
When Boegel is discharged from the hospital, he's expected to be booked on suspicion of multiple counts of terroristic threatening.
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