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Public suicide 06-04-10

Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area II
Lieutenant Gerald Wike
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266
June 5, 2010
Report No. C10016088

Media Release

Big Island police are investigating a shooting at Kona Community Hospital on Friday (June 4) as a suicide.

Kona Patrol officers responded to a 4 p.m. call Friday reporting that a man had a gun in the hospital’s parking lot. While en route, officers received information that witnesses had reported that the man shot himself while still in the parking lot.

Hospital personnel took the victim to the emergency room, where he was pronounced dead at 4:45 p.m.

Police have not positively identified the man, who is believed to be in his mid 50s.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the exact cause of death.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.