6-17-21 Hilo Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Update)

Hawai’i Police Department
Office of the Police Chief              
Chief Paul K. Ferreira
Phone: (808) 961-2244
Report No.: 21-047620

Media Release

Hawai’i Island Police detectives are continuing the investigation into an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on Sunday evening, June 13, shortly after 7:00 p.m., that left the suspect, 34-year-old Ryan Yukiharu Santos dead.

On Tuesday morning, June 15, 2021, autopsies were performed on Santos and on his 91-year-old grandfather. The pathologist determined that Santos died from a single gunshot wound to the left shoulder area. The final autopsy report is pending toxicology results.

Santos’ grandfather died from an acute heart attack which he suffered during the course of this incident.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this attempted first-degree murder investigation.

Police ask anyone who may have information about this incident to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective John Balberde of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2386 or via email at John.Balberde@hawaiicounty.gov.

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