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Suspect arrested in shooting of two police officers in Hilo

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 09:30 p.m. HST, Jan 03, 2013


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Hawaii County police said they have arrested a 31-year-old Hilo man as the suspect in the shooting of two police officers Wednesday evening in Hilo.

Police said law enforcement officers found the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a home in Hilo. 

A 20-person team of police officers, sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents found the suspect with a gunshot wound to the chest when they entered the home.

Police arrested him on suspicion of first-degree murder and took him to Hilo Medical Center. He was identified as Keaka Martin.

The two police officers were responding to a report of shots fired near the Wailoa River in Hilo when they were shot by a man hiding under a parked vehicle.

Hawaii County Police Chief Harry Kubojiri said both officers had undergone surgery at Hilo Medical Center and were in stable condition. 

Police conducted an extensive manhunt for the shooting suspect — described as 30- to 40-year-old man, 5 foot 6 to 5 foot 8, 160 pounds with short dark hair, a light beard and many tattoos — who was last seen wearing dark pants and shoes with no shirt.

The two officers were checking parked vehicles along Kilauea Avenue in response to a report of gunshots when they were ambushed by the suspect, police said. According to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, the shooting took place near Pono Place, formerly the old Green Onion bar and restaurant. Police said both officers were hit, but one of them was able to return fire.

The suspect fled the area on foot. It was not immediately known if he was injured.

The officers, one 40 years old and the other 31 years old, suffered gunshot wounds to their legs.

Police spokeswoman Chris Loos said  the last time a department police officer was shot was in 1997. Injuries in that shooting also were nonfatal.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident or suspect call Det. Grant Todd at (808) 961-2385 or email him at gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 in Hilo or (808) 329-8181 in Kona.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.







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allie wrote:
wow..what is happenign in Hilo? Used to be a drab, sleepy town. Now we only hear of shootouts, murder, misery
on January 3,2013 | 05:42AM
HD36 wrote:
I thought you were going to blame those locals again.
on January 4,2013 | 12:29AM
Lanikaula wrote:
Mental illnesses of CopyCats with Guns who themselves hear, read, see in the media these acts of violence across the world and then imitate...no real explanation or predictability...
on January 3,2013 | 08:06AM
DABLACK wrote:
Could this be a jealous, high on drugs, mental, copy cat, or angry against the law type person ?? Need to accept the fact that we're like the mainland.
on January 3,2013 | 08:47AM
false wrote:
There you go. Many tattoos. I think they have a lead.
on January 3,2013 | 09:22AM
saveparadise wrote:
Drugs, poverty, crime, mental illness etc.. Our government needs to provide some alternatives and assistance or society will continue to fill the prisons. Insanity continues.
on January 3,2013 | 09:50AM
Pocho wrote:
need to supply free drugs to all, then they no need steal, assault, rob or cheat anyone.
on January 3,2013 | 03:41PM
HD36 wrote:
Give em DMT, the God drug.
on January 3,2013 | 04:01PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Where can the gunman hide?...he will be caught..just a matter of time. The question is whether he will be captured alive or will he commit suicide or killed by the police resisting arrest.
on January 3,2013 | 10:09AM
8082062424 wrote:
On the big island he can hide for quite a while. If they are lucky some one will turn him in. Did they every catch that guy who threw the tourist of the cliff ?
on January 3,2013 | 10:43AM
Kaimiloa wrote:
That was Kaua'i
on January 3,2013 | 11:48AM
cojef wrote:
Still tracking him in the wilds? Get Dog the Bounty Hunter. Naw, impossible to track him in the wilds of Kalalau.
on January 3,2013 | 12:14PM
Kaimiloa wrote:
It would be worth it just to get Dog off of O'ahu.
on January 3,2013 | 01:57PM
8082062424 wrote:
I know but Kauai a way smaller island and i do think they caught that guy yet
on January 3,2013 | 01:44PM
sleepy wrote:
Hopefully the the guy did get shot & made it somewhere he can die a slow death.You shoot a a cop to bad.
on January 3,2013 | 12:17PM
8082062424 wrote:
they got him. what a fool shooting a cop is one of the few things in this state that gets you murder 1
on January 3,2013 | 03:38PM
false wrote:
I'd give odds the Hilo PD take him down.
on January 3,2013 | 02:59PM
cojef wrote:
They caught this self-destruct person who actually tried to commit suicide, by shooting at the cops, then chickened out. That's why he ran and tried to do himsel in, and even failed at it. Just shows you that he is a loser from the word go.
on January 3,2013 | 05:18PM
loquaciousone wrote:
He must have shot himself between his toes.
on January 3,2013 | 05:57PM
deranged wrote:
Hoping for a quick recovery for the two officers. Spend time with your families, hold them close. You hold the thin blue line between evil and the good people of the big island. Peace
on January 3,2013 | 08:52PM
LanaUlulani wrote:


Seriously horrible reporting by Star Advertiser journalists. If it was at Pono Place in Hilo this happened at REED'S BAY. And you call yourselves journalists. Seriously?!!!

I hope for a speedy recovery for the law enforcement officers who were shot.

Just do not make innocent people pay for what the few guilty do. Mahalo!


on January 3,2013 | 08:53PM
Skyler wrote:
Don't they mean, "attempted first-degree murder"? Or is there something else to this story not mentioned?
on January 3,2013 | 09:29PM
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