Lindani Myeni Wiki – Lindani Myeni Bio
Lindani Myeni was a South Africa Idol contestant and Zulu ‘prince’ who was shot dead by cops in Hawaii after he allegedly charged at officers who were responding to a 911 call claiming he had followed a woman into her home. He was a married father-of-two from the Zulu Kingdom in South Africa.
Myeni was shot and killed Wednesday evening by Honolulu Police officers during an apparent home invasion incident in the Nuuanu neighborhood.
Police said Myeni, who lived nearby, followed a woman into her home, took off his shoes and exhibited ‘odd’ behavior.
How old was Lindani Myeni?
Lindani Myeni was 29 years old at the time of death.
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Myeni and his wife met six years ago when she was on a Christian mission in the country. They lived in South Africa for three years before moving to the US and then relocating to Hawaii in January.
Myeni was supposed to have his green card interview next week, his wife said.
‘We dated, got engaged and got married before he ever came to America,’ Lindsay told Hawaii News Now. ‘He never wanted to come to America. It was never anything he was interested in. He loves his people. He is from the Zulu tribe. They speak Zulu.’
Myeni’s wife Lindsay Myeni, who was born in the US but met her husband while she was on missionary work in South Africa, told Hawaii News Now she does not know what led him to visit the home. However, she dismissed the claims it was a burglary.
Myeni is from the Zulu Kingdom where it is customary for people to visit ‘anyone’s house’, she told the outlet.
Lindsay said her husband had been on his way home to the house they shared with their two children just down the street from the now-crime scene.
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Myeni, who is black, then allegedly assaulted the three police officers who arrived on the scene with the police chief saying their ‘lives were in jeopardy’, before the cops fired four shots at him. One cop was hospitalized with major facial injuries and concussion following the incident.
But Myeni’s family has cast doubts on this version of events, with his American wife saying he was not a violent person. However, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said Thursday that Myeni appears to have arrived at the property by car before allegedly following the woman into her home.
Once inside, he then sat down and took off his shoes, and was trying to talk to the homeowners, she said.
Ballard said the first officer arrived on the scene and the homeowner identified a man – later revealed to be Myeni – sitting in a vehicle outside as the person who had entered her home. At this point, Myeni got out of his car and started to walk toward the second officer who had arrived on the scene.
Ballard said the officers told Myeni to stop and get on the ground.
Instead, Myeni ‘turned and charged’ at one of the cops, punching him several times, she said.
Lindani Myeni Death
Myeni then allegedly ran back at the first officer who fired a single gunshot at him. Ballard said the shot did not stop the Myeni, who tackled the officer to the ground, straddling him and punching him repeatedly. At this point, the second cop fired three rounds at Myeni, who fell to the ground, police said.
Myeni was taken to The Queen’s Medical Center in critical condition where he later died from his injuries.
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The clips released show three gunshots rang out before an officer says, ‘police.’ Police had said Myeni, who is black, ‘charged’ at two officers with a third cop arriving and deploying their taser before gunshots were fired.
Acting Deputy Chief Allan Nagata acknowledged police did not initially identify themselves but said: ‘They were in the fight for their lives. They were very brave. They didn’t shoot or discharge the firearm right away. This was not a case of overreaction.’
‘They didn’t identify themselves, but hey, let’s be honest. They’re in uniform, right? They’re coming there with the police cars. Although it is dark, it’s pretty clear.’ Myeni had assaulted the officers, punching one of them until the officer briefly lost consciousness, Nagata said.