Police ID 3 arrested following shooting that left alleged cop killer dead

  • Jorge Pagan-Torres, M-35, of No permanent address
  • Malia Lajala, F-30, of Hilo
  • Krystle Ferreira, F-29, of Waimea
  • From left: Krystle Ferreira, F-29, of Waimea; Jorge Pagan-Torres, M-35, of No permanent address; and Malia Lajala, F-30, of Hilo

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii Island police have released the names of three people arrested following a shooting incident Friday in Ka‘u that left suspected cop killer Justin Waiki dead.

Those arrested on suspicious of first-degree hindering prosecution are Jorge Pagan-Torres,35, of no permanent address; Krystle Ferreira, 29, of Waimea; and Malia Lajala, 30, of Hilo.


Meanwhile, Hawaii Police Department Chief Paul Ferriera said a Special Response Team sergeant shot during the incident was in stable condition Friday evening.

“I know that our island community and entire state has been following this event, and we at the Hawaii Police Department want to express our thanks for the thoughts and prayer. Along with your hopes, we have been able to bring this nightmare to an end,” Ferriera said during a press conference at 6:30 p.m.

The Special Response Team member, identified as a 12-year veteran of the department, arrived at Hilo Medical Center shortly after 4 p.m. after being medevaced from the scene near the road’s intersection with Kamaoa Road.

Police tell West Hawaii Today that a taskforce and the Special Response Team established to find Waiki were acting on a tip received Friday when they went to South Point Road earlier in the afternoon.

At about 2:45 p.m., police said, the Special Response Team engaged with the suspect who was in a SUV with four other people at the time. With Waiki were three women and a man, who was driving the vehicle.

Upon members of the team making checks, Waiki opened fire on the officers, shooting the SRT sergeant. He appeared to have been shot in his chest and arm.

During the gunfire, a woman party hiding in the SUV was shot as well. The woman, who was conscious at the scene, was also taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

The two other women and the man driving the vehicle were also arrested on suspicion of first-degree hindering prosecution.


The manhunt for Waiki started Tuesday evening at 9:47 p.m. after police say he shot Officer Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa at the side of the road of Highway 11 in Mountain View when the officer approached a vehicle during a traffic stop.

Waiki, allegedly got out of the car and shot Kaliloa in the neck and leg. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be torn carotid artery caused by a gunshot wound, and the manner of death homicide.

  1. Kia July 20, 2018 7:33 pm

    Justice has been served

    1. JP July 26, 2018 9:41 am

      I have never been to Hawaii. But I want to say that I’m heartbroken mostly because of all the recent activity with the volcanoes but also because what once was a paradise seems to be lost to progress and crime. I am heartbroken for you

  2. Castle July 20, 2018 8:50 pm

    Thank you Hawaii State Police, we were praying. We can rest now.👍🏽

  3. Stephen July 20, 2018 9:00 pm

    Justice hasn’t been served until these three are sent to prison. We need to purge our community of these scum.

  4. Jeffrey Moss July 20, 2018 9:27 pm

    Who is the third woman?Was she arrested? Was the fugitive killed in his vehicle?

    1. midnight rambler July 20, 2018 10:09 pm

      The third was the one who was shot. Presumably she’ll be arrested at the hospital.

      1. Chickie Galore July 21, 2018 6:47 am

        Maybe or released with pending investigation. (Sarc)

        1. Du Mhan Yhu July 21, 2018 7:49 pm

          She was just turning her life around….. /sarc

  5. paul July 21, 2018 8:12 am

    I am fine with shooting these 3 scumbags to…I hope the judges don’t allow low bail like they always do….and many thanks to the cops for killing this scumbag bastard

  6. Kaipo Wall July 21, 2018 9:36 am

    Our very own MS-13 gang bangers . The common factor seems to be face/neck tattoos and ,likely, meth amphetamine . How long will this State tolerate the meth epidemic going on here ? Especially on THIS island .

  7. Barbara Ferraro July 21, 2018 2:36 pm

    I believe we all knew that someone was helping Waiki, this proves it. They will be taken care of correctly I am sure, but there are more of them here on the Big Island and many here in Puna as well.

  8. Du Mhan Yhu July 21, 2018 7:47 pm

    Appears there is a bit of a drug gang thing going on here.

    There was a poster here not so long ago called “Harvest Ice Plant Dope”. You have to wonder how widespread this homegrown drug culture is if the druggies openly post on WHT?

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