Hawai‘i Island Police Officer Shot While Responding to Puna Assault

February 22, 2018, 8:40 AM HST · Updated February 22, 8:43 AM
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Hawaiʻi Island police have launched an attempted murder investigation after a police officer was shot in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in lower Puna on Wednesday night.

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Officers were called to a report of an assault on Oio Street at 10:22 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

According to department reports, as officers approached the suspect’s residence, a man at the home fired a single gunshot at police, striking an officer in the lower extremities.

That officer, who is a two-year member of the department, was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where he remains in stable condition.

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The department’s Special Response Team was on scene along with Crisis Negotiators who were attempting to communicate with the suspect.

The suspect was taken into custody at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

An investigation continues.

As is standard practice in any police-involved shooting, the Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section will investigate the shooting, and the Office of Professional Standards will conduct an administrative investigation.

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