Police give all-clear after manhunt in Kapolei

Kamokila Blvd., Kapolei
Kamokila Blvd., Kapolei

Honolulu police have given the all-clear after a manhunt in Kapolei.

Officials say the Honolulu Police Dept. received a call just after 2 p.m. of a man carrying a gun in a holster at the Kapolei Building on Kamokila Blvd.

Gerald Tandal, a mortgage broker with Hawaii Mortgage Experts, works in the building. He called 911 after he spotted someone suspicious on the third floor.

“I came out of the bathroom and saw this guy pacing back and forth, looking at the ceiling, kicking his feet around, so I’m thinking, wow, this guy must be crazy or something,” he told KHON2. “As I passed him, I looked down and saw a gun at the side of his pants.

“I’m positive it was gun,” he added. “When I saw him, I walked fast — well, anyone would walk fast — to our office and then I kept looking back to make sure he wasn’t going to shoot me in the back. I was just so scared. I went in the office and told everyone to stay in there and not go outside.”

Police set up a perimeter from Kamokila Blvd. and Haumea St. All those in the perimeter were told to shelter in place while officers, some armed with rifles and wearing armored vests, went on a search for a man described to be in his 40s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 lbs.

Officers searched every floor of the building, but did not find the man. An all-clear was given about an hour later.

Several buildings, including Kapolei Public Library, were under lockdown during the manhunt. The library reopened at around 3:30 p.m.

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