Hawaii County prosecutors have charged a 39-year-old police officer in the assault of a 72-year-old neighbor in Kailua-Kona.
Police said officers responded 11:14 p.m. Friday to a disturbance at an apartment building on the 75-5600 block of Kuakini Highway.
They learned through investigation that Jami Harper, an off-duty Kona patrol officer, had confronted the older man, who lives in the apartment above him.
Harper’s neighbor was taken to the Kona Community Hospital, treated for facial injuries and released Saturday.
Harper was taken to the same hospital Saturday for treatment of an undisclosed medical condition. He was then transferred to Hilo Medical Center, where he remained until Wednesday. He was then released and arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives investigated.
Harper was charged today with second-degree assault. His bail was set at $2,000, and remained at the cellblock.
If he does not post bail, he will make his first court appearance Thursday in Hilo District Court.
The Hawaii County Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards will conduct an internal administrative investigation into the assault, according to a news release. Harper was placed on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.