Woman taken into custody after standoff in Hawi

  • Hawaii Police and the Special Response Team respond to a standoff situation in Hawi. (Photo courtesy: Anna Pacheco)
  • Hawaii Police and the Special Response Team respond to a standoff situation in Hawi. (Photo courtesy: Anna Pacheco)
  • Hawaii Police and the Special Response Team respond to a standoff situation in Hawi. (Photo courtesy: Anna Pacheco)

KAILUA-KONA — An hours-long standoff in Hawi was resolved peacefully after the suspect was talked out of the situation by negotiators, authorities confirmed Monday evening.

Hawaii Police Department and the Special Response Team were called about the incident occurring on Old Hawi Road at about 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Maj. Robert Wagner said a landlord tried to evict a 28-year-old woman, later identified as Britney Wolf, and her boyfriend or husband from his property. However, he was met with opposition.

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Wolf recently moved to Hawaii from Oregon and has been living in Hawi for a few months.

Wagner said Wolf fired a shot at or toward the landlord. Afterward, the landlord called police. He was uninjured.

When officers arrived, Wagner said, Wolf had barricaded herself inside a truck on the property and refused to speak to them. Her significant other, however, was compliant and was taken to the police station.

Since the 28-year-old woman would not speak with police, the Special Response Team and an armored vehicle, a BearCat, was called to the scene. Wagner confirmed she took one shot at the armored vehicle.

At about 4:15 p.m., police put out an alert indicating a road closure in the area of Hawi Road and Route 270 due to police activity. They warned the public to avoid the area.

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At about 5:20 p.m., Wolf was talked down by negotiators and taken into custody, Wagner said. She was arrested on suspicion of one count each first- and second-degree terroristic threatening.

As of 6:15 p.m. Monday, police were preparing a search warrant for the truck Wolf had barricaded herself in.