Police in pursuit of man who might be alleged cop killer

  • Police roadblock on Napoopoo Road in Kona.
  • JUSTIN JOHN WAIKI

UPDATE 7:08 p.m.: From Hawaii Police Department — police activity in the area of Honaunau School. Avoid area. Residents are advised to lock their doors. Report suspicious activity.

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Police confirmed early this evening they’re pursuing a vehicle they think is carrying a fugitive sought for allegedly shooting and killing a Puna patrol officer Tuesday evening.

The pursuit of a man believed to be Justin Joshua Waiki was picked up by Kona patrol. At last report, officers sighted the vehicle on Napoopoo Road and were checking from Middle Keei, Keala O Keawe and Painted Church roads, all in Captain Cook.

A roadblock was established on Napoopoo Road, and there were unconfirmed reports of shots being fired.

Police say they stopped the 33-year-old Waiki, who was wanted on an arrest warrant at about 9:47 p.m. Tuesday at the side of Highway 11 in Mountain View. Waiki allegedly got out of the car and shot Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa in the neck and leg.

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Two officers returned fire but apparently missed the shooter, who reportedly escaped into a nearby wooded area and evaded capture.

The 46-year-old Kaliloa, a 10-year police veteran, died about three hours later at Hilo Medical Center.

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