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Woman taken into custody after standoff in Hawi

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    Police officers and members of the Hawaii Police Department’s Special Response Team responded Monday to a standoff situation in Hawi.

KAILUA-KONA — An hours-long standoff Monday in Hawi was resolved peacefully, according to authorities.

Hawaii Police Department and its Special Response Team were called about the incident on Old Hawi Road at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. Maj. Robert Wagner said a landlord tried to evict a 28-year-old woman, later identified as Britney Wolf, and her significant other from his property. However, he was met with opposition.

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Wolf recently moved to Hawaii from Oregon and has been living in Hawi a few months.

Wagner said Wolf fired a shot at or toward the landlord. Afterward, the landlord called police. He was uninjured.

When officers arrived, Wagner said, Wolf had barricaded herself inside a truck on the property and refused to speak to them. However, her significant other was compliant and was taken to the police station.

Since the 28-year-old would not speak with police, the SRT and an armored vehicle were called to the scene. Wagner confirmed she took one shot at the armored vehicle.

At about 4:15 p.m., police put out an alert indicating a road closure in the area of Hawi Road and Highway 270 because of police activity. It warned the public to avoid the area.

At about 5:20 p.m., Wolf was talked down by negotiators and taken into custody, Wagner said.

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As of 6:15 p.m. Monday, police were preparing a search warrant for the truck in which Wolf barricaded herself.

Email Tiffany DeMasters at tdemasters@westhawaiitoday.com.