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Kailua-Kona man dies in police custody after struggle

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:50 a.m. HST, Feb 05, 2014

Hawaii County police are investigating the case of a 39-year-old Kona man who died in police custody after a struggle Tuesday in Kailua-Kona.

At 12:30 a.m. today, a patrol officer made a traffic stop at a gas station in a shopping center on Palani Road. The 38-year-old driver was arrested on a $10,000 bench warrant for contempt of court.

His passenger, 39-year-old Randall Hatori of Kailua-Kona — wanted for assault and violating temporary restraining orders — fled on foot.

The officer pursued Hatori on foot, and a struggle occurred while the officer was trying to apprehend him, police said. During the struggle, the officer sustained injuries. Other officers responded to the scene. After Hatori was in police custody, he became unresponsive. Fire Department personnel arrived and took him to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:53. a.m.

The officer required treatment for his injuries at the hospital.

The driver was taken to the Kona police cellblock. In addition to the contempt charge, he was arrested on suspicion of promoting a dangerous drug. He remains at the cellblock while detectives continue that investigation.

Police have initiated a coroner's inquest investigation in connection with Hatori's death. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.

As is standard practice in any police-involved death, the Police Department's Area II Criminal Investigations Section will conduct an investigation into the death and the circumstances leading to it, and the Office of Professional Standards will conduct an administrative investigation.

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Grimbold wrote:
This fool brought his own death upon himself. Obey the law and such things will never happen. Now I feel sorry for the cops who have to deal with this garbage .
on February 4,2014 | 05:30PM
"Obey the law and such things will never happen" Really, NEVER, lets hope your charmed life continues on. I dont agree with what the guy did, but things DO happen to innocent people too. So to make your statement correct, you may want to revise it to "obey the law and things like this SHOULDNT happen" So sad you give so little compassion to a persons' life no matter who or what the person is accused of. We should all be angels like yourself.
on February 5,2014 | 10:42AM
MalcolmK wrote:
(Grimbold): "Obey the law and such things will never happen." Dream on. Search "Stephen Dinnan, Waimanalo" and consider what happened to him.
on February 6,2014 | 08:30AM
rnamiki wrote:
Good job, HPD. one less punk.
on February 4,2014 | 07:23PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
So the devil says, "Let's cut through this bs, and come with me now".
on February 5,2014 | 04:12AM
cojef wrote:
At his age and the rap sheet he had, probably no great loss, however, if his death was caused from outside the professional conduct expected of police officers, than further investigation is warranted.
on February 5,2014 | 11:12AM
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