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Hilo Man Dies During Exchange of Gunfire with Police

June 14, 2021, 7:59 AM HST
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Hawai’i Island police are investigating an officer Involved shooting that occurred in the South Hilo District Sunday night.

Patrol officers responded to a 7:10 p.m. call of a physical domestic incident at a residence on Mokuhonua Lane in Hilo. Upon arrival, officers attempted to contact the occupants of the residence. Police say a man then came out of the rear of the home with a semi-automatic rifle and opened fire on the officers at the scene.

One officer, a 13-year veteran of the department, reportedly returned fire and struck the suspect several times. Police have since identified the suspect as 34-year-old Ryan Y. Santos of Hilo, and say he died at the scene.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing

A criminal and standard internal investigation are underway. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard practice in this type of incident.

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Police ask anyone with information to call Detective John Balberde of the Area I Criminal Investigations Section at 808-961-2386 or via email at [email protected] Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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