Elizabeth Hokoana shot a protester because she believed her husband, Marc Hokoana, was in imminent danger of death or serious injury during a Jan. 20 demonstration at the University of Washington, her attorney says.
The wife of the man initially suspected of shooting and wounding a protester during a January demonstration at the University of Washington has told police and prosecutors that she was the person who fired, her attorney said Tuesday.
In an interview with The Seattle Times, the attorney, Steve Wells, said his client, Elizabeth Hokoana, shot the protester because she believed her husband, Marc Hokoana, was in imminent danger of death or serious injury during the Jan. 20 incident in Red Square.
“The evidence shows Mrs. Hokoana was legally justified,’’ Wells said of the incident, which occurred outside a campus hall where then-Breitbart editor and “alt-right” provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was delivering a speech.
The case remains under investigation by the UW Police Department and has yet to be submitted to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, which will decide if charges should be filed.
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Marc Hokoana, whose Facebook page has indicated he is a supporter of President Donald Trump, Yiannopoulos and the National Rifle Association, was identified in a Feb. 14 Seattle Times story as the shooter based on court documents and previous accounts of the incident.
A UW police news release issued a day after the shooting stated that a male suspect had turned himself in along with another suspect whose gender wasn’t given, and that both had been taken into custody before being released pending further investigation.
Subsequently, search-warrant documents filed Feb. 9 in King County Superior Court revealed the Hokoanas, both 29, appeared at the UW police station hours after the incident to report they had been involved in a “self-defense”…