Two in police custody as hunt continues for alleged cop killer

  • Police Officers close Napoopoo Road while chasing fugitive Justin Waiki through South Kona Thursday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • JUSTIN JOSHUA WAIKI
  • A police officer and vehicle block Highway 11 at its intersection with Middle Keei Road after a vehicle carrying alleged cop killer Justin Waiki headed mauka on Middle Keei Road Thursday evening. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Police vehicles block the intersection of Napoopoo Road at its intersection with Highway 11 in South Kona Thursday evening as they searched for Justin Waiki, the alleged killer of Puna patrol officer Bronson Kaliloa. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Officer Bronson Kaliloa holds the plaque he was awarded as Puna’s Officer of the Year for 2014. (Hawaii Police Department photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — As of 11 p.m. Thursday, authorities confirmed a male and female were taken into custody in South Kona during search efforts for a suspect accused of shooting and killing a Puna patrol officer earlier this week.