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Police surround shooter in Puna after early morning gunshots

UPDATED (3:44 p.m. on 1/9/2018)

The Hawaii Police Department advises motorists and residents that all roads in the Hawaiian Beaches area have reopened.

UPDATED (1:50 p.m. 1/9/18)

The stand-off Hawaiʻi Island police had been investigating involving a lone barricaded subject in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in lower Puna came to an end just before 1 p.m., today, (January 9,) with the subject taking his own life.

This morning at about 12:20 a.m., patrol officers responded to a report of gunshots fired at a residence on Kamanu Street in Hawaiian Beaches. Upon their arrival, they were confronted by a male with a firearm seated within a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence. Several more shots were fired upon the officers’ arrival, though it is unclear if any shots were directed toward them. The occupant of the residence was able to safely leave the home and is physically unharmed.

The department’s Special Response Team responded to the scene and crisis negotiators established communication with the suspect who remained in his vehicle.

An autopsy will be scheduled for later this week to determine the victim’s exact cause of death. His name is being withheld until such time that he can be positively identified and next of kin notified.

Puna Parkway and Papio Street both remain closed from Kahakai Boulevard, also cutting off any access to Kamanu Street while police continue their investigation. Neighboring residents had been asked to evacuate the area for their safety. Police request that the public continues to avoid the area.

MEDIA RELEASE

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an ongoing barricaded subject incident in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in lower Puna.

This morning at about 12:20 a.m., patrol officers responded to a report of gunshots fired at a residence on Kamanu Street in Hawaiian Beaches. Upon their arrival, they were confronted by a male with a firearm seated within a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence. The occupant of the residence was able to leave home safely and is physically unharmed.

The department’s Special Response Team is on the scene, and crisis negotiators have communication with the suspect who remains within the vehicle at this time.

Puna Parkway and Papio Street are both closed from Kahakai Boulevard, also cutting off any access to Kamanu Street. Neighboring residents have been asked to evacuate the area for their safety. Police ask that the public avoid the area.

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