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    Police closed Oio Street in Hawaiian Beaches at about 4 a.m. today after an officer was shot overnight by a suspect while responding to a disturbance call in lower Puna.

A Hawaii island police officer is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries after he was shot Wednesday night by a suspect while responding to an assault in lower Puna.

At 10:22 p.m, police responded to the report of an assault on Oio Street in Hawaiian Beaches.

Hawaii County Police Department spokesman Alan Richmond said a man had barricaded himself in a house. He was taken into custody at 7 a.m. today. The police department’s Special Response Team with crisis negotiators responded to the scene.

When police responded to the area and approached the residence, a single gunshot was fired and an officer was shot in a “lower extremity.”

He was transported to Hilo Medical Center in stable condition. “He’s going to be OK,” Richmond said, noting that the injury was non-life-threatening.

Police reopened Oio Street around 10 a.m. after they had closed it for nearly 6 hours.

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