07-08-19 Manuka State Park shooting incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Area II Criminal Investigations Division
Captain Reed K. Mahuna
Phone: 326-4646, ext. 263
Report Number 19-053507


Media Release

Hawaiʻi Police are investigating a shooting incident involving a Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park ranger at Manuka State Park.

On Friday (July 5), at about 1:15 p.m., Kaʻū Patrol Officers responded to a reported shooting involving a Law Enforcement Ranger from the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

The Ranger, a 30-year-old male, attempted to make a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle at Manuka State Park.  At some point the ranger opened fire on the vehicle and the vehicle fled the area.  The ranger was unharmed.

On Friday (July 5), at 6:15 p.m., the suspect, 39-year-old David Gouveia of Kailua-Kona, was arrested in Kona.  Gouveia was treated and released from Kona Community Hospital after sustaining minor injuries from a bullet that struck his hand and grazed his neck during the encounter with the ranger. He was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle for the stolen vehicle he was driving and his bail was set at $2,000.  He was released pending further investigations for attempted murder in the 2nd degree.

The shooting incident occurred outside of the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Dominic Uyetake at 326-4646, ext. 228.

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