Police officer shot in Puna; suspect in custody

Police have a suspect in custody after an officer was shot late Wednesday night in Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in lower Puna.

The officer, said to be in his 30s, was taken to Hilo Medical Center for surgery. He was reportedly shot in the leg. According to police, he is in stable condition.


Police say officers were called to a reported assault on Oio Street at 10:22 Wednesday. As they approached the suspect’s home, a man at the home fired a single gunshot and hit the officer, described in a statement as a two-year veteran of the force.

The suspect reportedly barricaded himself into the home and a standoff ensued. Neighbors were evacuated and police established a perimeter.

The Special Response Team — the department’s SWAT unit — and crisis negotiators were called to the scene.

The suspect reportedly was taken into custody at 7 a.m. Police have not yet identified him.

The investigation is classified as attempted first-degree murder, as the shooting victim is a police officer.


Police said at about 10 a.m. Thursday the streets in Hawaiian Beaches have been reopened.

This is a developing story. The Tribune-Herald will update as more information becomes available and a full story will appear in Friday’s edition.

  1. Steve Dearing February 22, 2018 8:26 am

    Bandit Ohara’s assine agenda is killing Puna. Our brave officers are out manned and out gunned yet they courageously respond and get shot. We no longer can tolerate Ohara and her assine agenda that is gravely harming Puna. Our Police Officers and Puna residents deserve better than a hostile jackass that is unfit to serve.

    1. Hilo Jack February 22, 2018 11:16 am

      Wish you felt that way about the orange haired $hithole baboon sitting in the Oval Office

    2. Leroy February 23, 2018 7:43 am

      For once I agree with your dumb ass

    3. Jessica Davenport February 23, 2018 1:59 pm

      O’Hara’s entire platform was on getting MORE police for lower Puna. Not sure where you’re getting your incorrect info.

      And it’s *asinine, but it takes one to know one I suppose.

  2. naeporue February 22, 2018 9:32 am

    This shooting does not count in the statistics because it was in a private subdivision?

    1. Steve Dearing February 22, 2018 11:19 am

      In effect their fraudulent statistics is just more subterfuge and the fools that believe it are in fact foolish suckers.

    2. Grumpier February 22, 2018 1:43 pm

      All attempt murders count in statistics. Main difference in stats is traffic accidents which by law must be separated between government owned roads and private roads.

  3. kalopaboy February 22, 2018 5:22 pm

    Just saw this fellow on TV. Old guy, grey hair. Really bad way to spend the golden years….getting beat up and then dying in prison. Obviously not very smart….should have put one in his eye socket and saved himself the agony. Hopefully the HPD Officer will mend quickly and return to work.

  4. Hilo Jack February 22, 2018 9:34 pm

    Don’t worry – Mitch will have the dude out on bail by Monday

    1. Rescue Rehome Animals February 23, 2018 8:52 am

      NO he will NOT

      1. JusticeForAll February 23, 2018 12:04 pm

        There is no way…I have confirmed. When you shoot an officer – you’re in deep trouble

    2. RKimo February 23, 2018 10:11 am

      do you want to bet $1000.00 he won’t.?

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