9-11-21 Police Charge Suspect Following Armed Dispute in Ainaloa on Thursday Night

Hawai‘i Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area I
Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins
Phone: (808) 961-2252
Report No.: 21-075394

Media Release

Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged 45-year-old Shawn Lee Galigo of Puna, who was wanted relative to a violent neighbor dispute in Ainaloa on Thursday afternoon, September 9, 2021.

Galigo turned himself in at the Hilo Police Station on Friday evening, September 10, shortly after 8:00 p.m.

On Saturday afternoon, September 11, after conferring with Hawai’i County Prosecutors, detectives charged Galigo with first-degree terroristic threatening, and two counts of ownership/possession (firearm/ammunition) prohibited. His bail for those charges is set at $30,000. Galigo was also arrested and charged on two outstanding warrants with a total bail of $1,150.

Galigo remains in police custody pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday, September 13, in Hilo District Court.

The charges against Galigo stem from an incident on Thursday afternoon shortly before 3:00 p.m., when Puna patrol officers responded to a reported neighbor dispute involving gunshots on Maile Way in the Ainaloa subdivision. Responding officers learned that Galigo and a male neighbor had been involved in a verbal dispute fronting Galigo’s residence, when Galigo reportedly brandished a pistol and fired it. There were no reported injuries.

After a brief search in the area for Galigo, the department’s Special Response Team responded to assist in searching the residence. It was later determined that Galigo was not within the residence and it was believed he left the area on foot prior to police arrival.

Out of an abundance of caution, several residents on Maile Way were evacuated until police were able to render the area safe.

Area I Criminal Investigation Section personnel responded to the scene to assist in this felony investigation. On Thursday night, shortly before 11:00 p.m., detectives served a warrant on the residence and recovered a rifle and ammunition.

Police ask anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed this incident to call the police department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Casey Cabral at (808) 961-2381 or casey.cabral@hawaiicounty.gov.

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