Woman taken into custody after standoff in Hawi

  • Courtesy of ANNA PACHECO

    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.


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.


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.

  1. Poi January 23, 2018 2:37 am Reply

    Nice to read a ‘crazy lady with a gun and happy ending’ story for a change. Usually it’s ‘crazy man with a gun and not a happy ending’. Variety is the spice of life! Hope she gets the help she needs and goes somewhere else. But after all that commotion, do you really need the warrant? “Please stop shooting at us, we have a warrant to search your vehicle.” (??)

    1. Neil Lee January 23, 2018 2:52 pm Reply

      Yes, a “search” warrant is needed to search the vehicle she was barricaded in to recover any possible evidence within, after she was placed into custody. I believe you might be confused with an “arrest” warrant, which was not needed as criminal activity occurred within the presence of the officers at the scene, such as the discharge of her firearm at the armored vehicle.

      1. Poi January 23, 2018 3:40 pm Reply

        Can’t just ask her?

        1. Neil Lee January 24, 2018 12:51 pm Reply

          Yeah can, consent can be given, if it’s her car. But officers should be prepared if she says “no”. Based on what we know in this article, it should not be hard to acquire a search warrant, which courts prefer. With consent, the question later may be, was she mentally able to give her consent. Why risk it? It’s always best to have a judge (3rd party) determine if probable cause exists to allow for the search warrant. This is what professional law enforcement does, if the situation allows.

          1. Poi January 24, 2018 3:30 pm

            Alright then.

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