Police Investigate Reported Shooting in Puna

July 5, 2012, 11:39 AM HST · Updated July 5, 11:41 AM
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Detectives want to question James Gannon Coffey, 47 of Overview Road. Photo courtesy Hawai’i Island Police.

By Wendy Osher

Hawai’i Island police are investigating an apparent shooting reported in Puna on Tuesday.

Police have launched a second degree attempted murder investigation following the incident; and are now seeking a Mountain View man for questioning.

According to police reports, a 39-year-old Mountain View woman told authorities that a male suspect fired gunshots at her following a verbal confrontation in which she had gone to the his residence to retrieve property.

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The incident, the woman said, occurred at around 3:30 p.m. at the man’s home on Overview Road, according to police.

Detectives say they want to question James Gannon Coffey, 47, who is described as a male, 5’10” tall, weighing about 150 pounds, with hazel eyes and short graying hair.  Authorities say he may be operating a brown late model Toyota pickup truck, and is also wanted for an outstanding arrest warrant.

Police advise that Coffey may be armed and considered dangerous and not to contact Coffey, but to instead call police.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or on the whereabouts of Coffey to call detectives at 961-2381 or email [email protected]

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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