Police standoff in North Kohala

Officers are engaged in a standoff with an armed woman this afternoon in North Kohala, police said.

Hawaii Police Department Maj. Robert Wagner said a 28-year-old woman “discharged a firearm” toward her landlord this morning in Hawi during what he described as a “landlord-tenant dispute” in which the landlord was reportedly attempting to evict the woman.


The Special Response Team — the department’s SWAT unit — and a negotiator was dispatched to the scene.

“We’re in a bit of remote location here,” Wagner said. “We’re just trying to apprehend her at this time.”


Asked if there are any hostages, Wagner replied, “As far as we know, it’s just her.”

The Tribune-Herald will update this story when more information becomes available.