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Big Isle man charged with shooting police officer

  • COURTESY HAWAII ISLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Albert Puu, of Hawaiian Beaches, shot the officer in the leg on Wednesday morning while the officer was responding to a report of an assault, police said.

A 65-year-old man has been charged with shooting a police officer on Hawaii island and hiding in a shed behind his home, police said.

Albert Puu, of Hawaiian Beaches, shot the officer in the leg on Wednesday morning while the officer was responding to a report of an assault, police said.

Puu was charged Thursday afternoon with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree reckless endangering, harassment and several firearm violations. He was being held at the Hilo

cellblock with a $515,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

At about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, officers were approaching Puu’s home on Oio Street when Puu fired a single shot at police, hitting the officer in the thigh, police said. Officers did not return fire.

Puu hid in a shed behind his home and was arrested without incident 7 a.m. Thursday.

The injured officer, a two-year veteran with the police department, was in good condition.

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