Police charge shooting suspect Walter Gomes III
KAILUA-KONA — A Kailua-Kona man charged in a shooting incident that left one woman seriously injured will be appearing in Kona District Court today.
Investigators from the Area II Criminal Investigation Division charged Walter Gomes III Tuesday with multiple offenses stemming from the initial incident in which the woman suffered a single gunshot wound to the face on March 20.
The 41-year-old Gomes later led police on an 11-day manhunt that spanned from North Kohala to South Kona until he was caught Sunday in Captain Cook. Gomes was involved in three officer-involved shootings in his attempt to evade capture on March 21.
Gomes disappeared into the North Kohala brush on the evening on March 21 and was not officially seen until he was arrested. Eight officers were ultimately placed on administrative leave for the shootings.
The 41-year-old was charged Tuesday with the following offenses in connection the initial shooting and ensuing events: first-degree assault; second-degree assault; ownership or possession of firearm prohibited; first-degree reckless endangering; carry/possessing loaded firearm on highway; two misdemeanor counts of resisting order to stop; three felony counts of resisting order to stop; first-degree terroristic threatening; accidents involving damage to vehicle or property; second-degree reckless endangering; reckless driving; unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle; promotion of a dangerous drug; and probation violation.
Bail is set at $313,250. Gomes is currently in police custody.