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Hilo shooting 12-31-09

Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section
Captain Randall Medeiros
Phone: 961-2251
December 31, 2009
Report No. C09037567

Media Release

Big Island police are investigating a shooting in Pi’ihonua last night (December 30) that left a man dead and his estranged female companion in critical condition.

South Hilo Patrol officers were called to the Manaolana Place home of 28-year-old Harry Batalona just after 7 p.m. last night for the reported shooting.

Fire department personnel took both people to Hilo Medical Center, where Batalona, suffering a gunshot wound to the head, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The woman, identified as 24-year-old Jolene Medeiros of a different Hilo address, arrived at the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. She is listed in critical condition.  

Preliminary results of an autopsy performed on Batalona this morning (December 31) indicated that he died of a single, self-inflicted gunshot to the head.       

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation classified as an attempted murder and suicide.