Suspect in custody after shooting in Maili leaves one dead

A Friday holiday afternoon took a tragic turn in Maili with a woman dead and a man in custody, pending investigation.

Honolulu police and Emergency Medical Service personnel were at the scene of a shooting at a house on Farrington Highway near Kimo Street and across from Maili Beach Park.

Police say they believe the two were related.

HPD Lt. Phillip Lavarias confirmed the man was arrested for murder in the second degree while being taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

“A dangerous drug” was also found on the suspect’s person during a search. Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and promoting a dangerous drug were also part of the arrest.

“At about 3:35 p.m., officers were sent to the residence on the report of four to five gunshots,” Lavarias said. “When officers arrived, they discovered a 63-year-old female who had expired. When they entered the house, they encountered an armed male, age 43-years-old. Officers were able to talk the male into surrendering his firearm.”

The deceased woman was later identified as being 66 years old.

A 48-year-old woman was also involved in the incident. She walked into the Waianae police station at approximately the same time as the report of gunshots came in, saying she was held against her will at the home. She was transported to, treated and released from a nearby medical facility.

Just across the street, families were gathered in the park. Tihani Wong says she heard multiple gunshots. “We were just sitting down on the grass and then we just hear like a loud popping noise. First we thought it was fireworks. Then it happened again and we were like ok. that doesn’t sound like fireworks. It’s really loud, and like four cops cars came, and they rushing in with their guns pulled out. Then a whole bunch more cops came and they coming with shot guns and big guns.”

Police say they believe there was an argument before the shooting, but say they don’t yet have a motive for what happened.

An investigation into this case continues.

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