Suspect arrested in Friday police-involved shooting

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Police have arrested a Puna man whose alleged actions on Friday resulted in an officer-involved shooting in Puna.

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Police have arrested a Puna man whose alleged actions on Friday resulted in an officer-involved shooting in Puna.

At 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Hilo Criminal Investigations Section detectives executed a search warrant at the Mountain View home of 24-year-old Daesyn Pacheco-Muragin and arrested him on two outstanding bench warrants. He was also taken into custody on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and one count of attempted criminal property damage.

Pacheco-Muragin had no apparent injuries from the shooting incident on Friday. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continue to investigate.

Shortly before 1 p.m. Friday, a Puna patrol officer came upon a suspicious car at the end of Mokuna Street in the Royal Hawaiian Estates subdivision. The car then drove directly toward the officer’s vehicle, swerving at the last moment, and continued to flee the area, police said.

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A few moments later, the same car was observed traveling north into oncoming traffic on the southbound lane of Highway 11 in the Mountain View area. It continued through an active road construction site and drove directly toward an officer who was directing traffic. In response, that officer fired three shots toward the driver, striking the car, which continued traveling toward Hilo.

A criminal investigation and an internal affairs review into the shooting are being conducted by police.

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