Leilani standoff suspect acquitted by mental irresponsibility

  • Tribune-Herald file Police take people from the scene of a hostage situation Dec. 19, 2017 on Leilani Avenue in Leilani Estates.

HILO — A 34-year-old Pahoa man who abducted his children’s mother, shot a man who was with her, and then held off police with a rifle for several hours before ending the standoff by shooting himself in the face two years ago was acquitted on Jan. 3 of all charges by reason of mental irresponsibility.