Officer involved shooting (update) 12-18-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Area I Operations Bureau
Assistant Chief Henry Tavares
Phone: 961-2346
Report No.: C14033763

Media Release

A 33 year-old Mountain View woman is in police custody for suspicion of attempted murder in connection to an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Tuesday (December 16, 2014) in the Puna District.

Acting on an anonymous tip, yesterday (December 17, 2014) at 2:00 pm, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section and a special enforcement unit arrested Ashley Brooks De Morales in a residence in Mountain View without incident. De Morales was arrested for suspicion of two counts of attempted first degree murder, second degree theft, and contempt of court. She remains in police custody while detectives continue the investigation.

The stolen black Nissan pickup truck was also recovered during the execution of a search warrant at the Mountain View residence.

On Tuesday (December 16, 2014) at approximately 2:00 p.m., Puna Patrol officers, who were on Route 11 attending to an unrelated incident, attempted to stop a stolen vehicle traveling south on Route 11, just south of the Kulani Road intersection in Mt. View. The vehicle sped toward the officers in a threatening manner. In response, an officer fired one shot toward the vehicle which continued southbound on Route 11 toward the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Police continue to ask anyone who may have witnessed either the theft of the pickup truck from the Prince Kuhio Plaza or the shooting incident on Route 11 near the Kulani Road intersection to call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or email at gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide CrimeStoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. CrimeStoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. CrimeStoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All CrimeStoppers information is kept confidential.


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