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Hawaii island police arrest Hilo couple following pursuit and police shooting

A Hilo couple was arrested today after a police pursuit and shooting on Hawaii island.

Around 9 a.m. today, a Hawaii Police Department officer observed a green Jeep on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway that was reported stolen from a Kailua-Kona property Wednesday.

Kona police pursued the jeep earlier in the day but stopped after it left their district and appeared to head toward Hilo.

South Hilo patrol officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Jeep before it turned right onto Ainaola Drive.

Police continued to pursue the Jeep after it suddenly stopped in the upper Waiakea-Uka area and reversed toward an officer who was approaching the rear of the Jeep. Another officer at the scene discharged his weapon at the Jeep.

A 34-year-old woman fled the Jeep and was arrested after running into a pasture. Another officer fired at the Jeep, which continued driving away on Ainaola Drive. The Jeep was stopped on the roadway and a 26-year-old man fled the Jeep and ran into a nearby pasture, where he was arrested.

Both were arrested for unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. The man is currently being held in a police cellblock. The woman was transported to the Hilo Medical Center for an examination unrelated to the incident. Hawaii police reported that neither was injured.

The two officers who discharged their firearms have placed on administrative leave while the Office of Professional Standards conducts an independent investigation of the incident.

Police closed Ainaola Drive for about four hours to investigate.

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