Apo’s assault trial set for Monday

A jury trial is scheduled to start Monday for the Waimea man who was shot in the face last year by a Kaua’i Police Department officer.

Tavis Apo is confined at Kauai Community Correctional Center in Wailua in lieu of $75,000 bail, and faces three counts of terroristic threatening, one count of assaulting a police officer, one count of criminal property damage, one count of reckless endangering, and one count of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Apo, 31, was shot by KPD officer Randy Ledesma in September near the Lihu’e police headquarters on Ka’ana Street, after he brandished weapons and ignored police orders to surrender his weapons and submit to police arrest, according to county sources.

Ledesma was in a police car, and had blocked Apo’s sport-utility vehicle. Apo allegedly rammed the police car with his SUV, and was attempting to do it again when he was shot, according to county sources.

Apo was also allegedly waving a knife and a pellet gun during the incident.

Ledesma fired a single round from his service revolver at Apo after he refused to surrender or give up either of the weapons, according to county sources.

Court records show a picture of three KPD vehicles blocking in a white, Dodge, four-door SUV, at the end of Ka’ana Street.

Another picture shows a 15-inch-long, Bowie-type knife with a handle that has holes for finger protection, similar to brass knuckles.

A picture of a Crossman air pistol is also in Apo’s criminal file.

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