Hilo man hospitalized after officer-involved shooting

A 32-year-old man was hospitalized Friday following an officer-involved shooting earlier in the day in Hilo.

At approximately 11:35 a.m. Friday, South Hilo patrol officers responded to the 500 block of Kukuau Street in Hilo to a report of an active vehicle theft from a residence. Responding officers contacted the victim who provided a description of the suspect, later identified as a 32-year-old man from Hilo, and stated he had just left the area on foot. Additional responding officers immediately canvassed the area looking for the suspect.


At approximately 11:56 a.m., officers located a man matching the suspect description walking south on Kumukoa Street. As officers attempted to contact the man to identify him, he immediately began to run away, at which point police said he was observed reaching into his waistband area, pulling out a dark-colored pistol, and turning his body toward the officers.

One of the officers pursuing the suspect drew his weapon, and verbal commands were given by officers. The suspect ignored the commands, and one officer subsequently discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect in the upper shoulder area.

Police officers on scene immediately performed first aid on the suspect until Hawaii Fire Department medics arrived and took over. The suspect was then arrested and transported via ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center. He remains hospitalized and is expected to make a full recovery.

There were no reported injuries to bystanders or the responding officers. A police spokesperson said the suspect’s weapon was recovered.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation.

The Office of Professional Standards has initiated a standard internal administrative investigation. The involved officer is a five-year veteran of the department and will be placed on administrative leave pending an internal review of this incident.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident to call the department’s nonemergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Paul Mangus of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2383 or Paul.Mangus@hawaiicounty.gov.

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