Hawaiian Paradise Park shooting (update) 06-20-07

PHONE: 961-2379
JUNE 20, 2007
REPORT NO. C07019575


Big Island police have identified the victim in Tuesday’s (June 19) fatal shooting in Puna’s Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision as 28-year-old Jeremy Napoleon of Keaau.

The suspect, who was later involved in a fatal one-car accident in the District of North Kohala, has been identified as 45-year old Noel Smith of Kurtistown.

A firearm was recovered at the scene of Smith’s accident at Akoni Pule Highway in North Kohala. Hilo Detectives are not yet able to confirm whether the firearm is related to the shooting in Puna.

Detectives are still investigating the relationship between the victim and suspect, as well as a motive for the shooting.

Autopsies are scheduled for Friday (June 22) at Hilo Medical Center to determine the exact causes of both deaths.

Police ask anyone with any further information about the case to call Detective Darren Horio of the Area I Criminal Investigations Section at 961-2385 or the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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