Hawaiian Ocean View Estates man charged with murder in May 6 shooting

UPDATED (5/9/09)

Kevin Metcalfe

Detectives from the Hawai’i Police Department have charged 47-year-old Kevin Metcalfe of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates with second-degree murder in connection with a shooting Wednesday night (May 6) in Ka‘u.

That night, Ka’u patrol officers responded to a 10:33 p.m. report of a shooting at a Koa Lane home in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates and found the victim lying on Koa Lane in close proximity to the scene of the shooting.

Investigating detectives determined that Metcalfe had been at his home around 10:30 p.m. when he discovered an intruder on his property approaching a greenhouse where marijuana plants were growing. Metcalfe shot at the intruder at least twice with a 12-gauge shotgun. The victim, 44-year-old Larry Kuahuia of Miloli’i, ran off the property but succumbed to his wounds on Koa Lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police recovered the shotgun and took Metcalfe into custody. Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section took over the investigation. They charged Metcalfe with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony at 7:50 p.m. Friday (May 8). Metcalfe continues to be held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $100,000 bail.

An autopsy conducted Friday morning determined that Kuahuia died from massive hemothorax due to shotgun wound to the back.

UPDATED (5/8/09 7:45 p.m.)

Larry P. Kuahuia

An autopsy conducted Friday morning determined that 44-year-old Larry Kuahuia of Miloli’i died from massive hemothorax due to shotgun wound to the back.

Detectives from the Hawai’i Police Department are still holding 47-year-old Kevin Metcalfe of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting.

Wednesday night, Ka’u patrol officers responded to a 10:33 p.m. report of a shooting at a Koa Lane home in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates and found Kuahuia lying on Koa Lane in close proximity to the scene of the shooting.

Investigating detectives determined that Metcalfe had been at his home around 10:30 p.m. when he discovered an intruder on his property approaching a greenhouse where marijuana plants were growing. Metcalfe shot at the intruder at least twice with a 12-gauge shotgun. Kuahuia ran off the property but succumbed to his wounds on Koa Lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police recovered the shotgun and arrested Metcalfe on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody at the Kona police cellblock pending possible charges while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

UPDATE FROM POLICE (5/7/09 7:37 p.m.)

The victim in a fatal shooting in Ka’u on Wednesday evening (May 6) has been identified as 44-year-old Larry Kuahuia of Miloli’i.

Ka’u patrol officers responded to a 10:33 p.m. report of the shooting at a Koa Lane home in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates and found the victim on Koa Lane in close proximity to the scene of the shooting.

Investigating detectives determined that 47-year-old Kevin Metcalfe was at his home around 10:30 p.m. when he discovered an intruder on his property approaching a greenhouse where Metcalfe was growing marijuana plants. Metcalfe shot at the intruder at least two times with a 12-gauge shotgun. Kuahuia ran off the property but succumbed to his wounds on Koa Lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police recovered the shotgun and arrested Metcalfe on suspicion of murder. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending possible charges while detectives continue the investigation.

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

MEDIA RELEASE (5/7/09 8:12 a.m.)

On May 6, 2009 at 10:33 p.m., Ka’u patrol officers responded to the report of a shooting at a home in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates Subdivision (HOVE), in Ka’u.

Upon arrival, officers found that a 44-year-old man had been shot and pronounced dead at the scene. Police are withholding his name until family members have been notified.

Police arrested 47-year-old Kevin Metcalfe of Ocean View in connection with this investigation. A Firearm was recovered at the scene.

A murder investigation has been initiated. Kona Criminal Investigation Section detectives are continuing the investigation.