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Wailuku Man Arrested After Standoff at Paukūkalo Home

December 19, 2014, 9:32 AM HST
* Updated December 19, 9:57 AM
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Police officers set up a mobile command center near the incident in Paukukalo.  Photo courtesy Errol Easland.

Police officers set up a mobile command center near the incident in Paukukalo. Photo courtesy Errol Easland.

By Wendy Osher

Maui Police arrested a Wailuku man for terroristic threatening after an incident at a Paukūkalo home last night.

The arrest stemmed from an investigation into an abuse type report at the Kailana Street home reported at 7:32 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

Police say James Fairbanks, 48, retreated to his room and refused to come out upon police arrival.

Police officers set up a mobile command center near the incident in Paukukalo. Photo courtesy Errol Easland.

Police officers set up a mobile command center near the incident in Paukukalo. Photo courtesy Errol Easland.

Fairbanks is accused of brandishing what police say appeared to be a sword and pellet rifle, and allegedly challenged officers to come in and get him.

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According to police reports, Fairbanks allegedly made several threats to kill the officers and others at the residence.

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Police say the crisis negotiators with the department were contacted, and were able to bring the situation to a peacefully resolution.

Police officers set up a mobile command center near the incident in Paukukalo. Photo courtesy Errol Easland.

Police officers set up a mobile command center near the incident in Paukukalo. Photo courtesy Errol Easland.

Fairbanks was placed under arrest and was charged with three counts of first degree terroristic threatening, abuse of a family or household member, and resisting arrest.

He was being held in lieu of $18,000 bail at last report.

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Area residents say the incident was resolved shortly after 11 p.m., after which they were allowed to return to their homes.

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