Christopher Deedy
Christopher Deedy

HONOLULU, HAWAII – The Honolulu City Prosecutor announced today that an Oahu grand jury indicted U.S. State Department special agent Christopher W. Deedy for murder in the second degree and the use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony in the shooting death of a Kailua man on November 5 in Waikiki.

Deedy, 27, of Arlington, Va., was in Hawaii to help with security efforts for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, an event that attracted 21 world leaders and 20,000 participants from November 7 to 13.

Reports are that he got into a verbal and physical confrontation with Kailua resident Kollin K. Elderts, 23, in a Waikiki McDonalds just after 3 a.m.

Kollin K. Elderts

Deedy then allegedly fired three shots, one one which hit Elderts in the chest, killing him.

Deedy remained at the scene following the shooting and was attempting to administer cardio pulmonary resuscitation to Elderts when police arrived, sources said.

If convicted, Deedy would face a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole, a spokesman for City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro said.

The city prosecutor’s office did not know whether Deedy will hire a private attorney or be assigned one by the federal government.

The federal government theoretically could seek to transfer the case to U.S. District Court, one law enforcement officer told Hawaii Reporter, because Deedy is a federal officer who was on assignment at the time of the incident.

Deedy is scheduled to make his initial appearance tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. in District Court, Courtroom 7C.

Deedy has not made a public statement about the incident. He has been suspended from his position until the case is resolved and he is released on $250,000 bail.

While some maintain Deedy was protecting himself, Elderts’ family attorney Michael Green maintains the shooting was unjustified.

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