UPDATED: Puna man arrested in connection with shooting death

  • HAWAII COUNTY POLICE Ryan Frederick Davis


Police have arrested a Puna man in connection with a fatal shooting on Monday.


On Tuesday morning, police detectives located 35-year-old Ryan Frederick Davis on Plumeria Street in Fern Acres and arrested him without incident for second-degree murder. Davis is currently in police custody as the investigation continues.


Police are seeking assistance in locating a man in connection with a fatal shooting in Puna on Monday.

Ryan Frederick Davis, a 35-year-old Puna resident, is being sought for questioning regarding the shooting death of 38-year-old Joshua John Santos on Monday morning.

Davis is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and approximately 230 pounds, with tan complexion, heavy build, unshaven, with neck-length curly hair and brown eyes. He also has multiple tattoos along both arms.

Santos was found unresponsive at a Fern Acres residence early Monday morning. An autopsy found his cause of death to be gunshot wounds to the chest and his death was ruled a homicide.


Citizens are advised to contact the police with information about Davis whereabouts, but are cautioned against approaching him as he is considered armed and dangerous.

Anybody with information about Davis location or the shooting incident is urged to contact the police at (808) 961-2385 or at (808) 935-3311.

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