6-18-21 Police Investigate Officer Involved Shooting Which Leaves Unidentified Suspect Dead

Hawai’i Police Department
Office of the Police Chief
Chief Paul K. Ferreira
Phone: (808) 961-2244
Report No. 21-049080

Media Release

Hawai’i Police are investigating an officer Involved shooting that occurred in the South Hilo District this afternoon.

At 11:20 a.m. today (June 18) patrol officers in Hilo responded to a residential break in at the 1800 block of Kilauea Avenue in Hilo. Officers entered the vacant home and hiding in one of the bedrooms was a man armed with two knives. The unidentified male suspect cut an officer on the arm with one of the knives. Two of the responding officers fired shots from their duty weapons killing the suspect.

At this time the police are still investigating the matter and will release more details as they become available.

The criminal investigation division and office of professional standards is on scene conducting an investigation as is standard protocol in such incidents.

The police have closed a portion Kilauea Avenue temporarily while they continue this investigation.

The injured officer was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment and is in stable condition following the incident.

We ask for patience as we work through this critical incident and allow the investigators to do their jobs so that all the pieces of this terrible incident can be put together. Our thoughts are with the effected families at this time. This is the second such attack against a police officer within a week.

Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Detective Jeremy Kubojiri of the Area I Criminal Investigations Section at (808) 961-2378 or via email at Jeremy.Kubojiri@hawaiicounty.gov.    

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