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Puna man charged with discharging rifle in his home

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:31 p.m. HST, Jun 12, 2014

A Puna man was charged Thursday with several offenses in connection with the discharge of a firearm in his home.

On Tuesday, police officers responded to a 4:32 p.m. "drop 911? call. When they arrived at the home on Orchid Drive in the Ainaloa subdivision, police made contact with a 50-year-old woman who reported that her husband had brandished a .22-calliber rifle and fired shots next to her head while she was lying in bed, police said.

Police arrested 48-year-old Leighton Kaai Jr. and took him to the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation by the Juvenile Aid Section, which investigates domestic abuse cases.

Detectives charged Kaai Thursday with first-degree reckless endangering, first-degree terroristic threatening and two firearms offenses. His bail was set at $6,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday.

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