Hawaii Island police shoot man wielding crossbow

Hawaii Island police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Saturday in Papaaloa.

Police say at about 3:35 p.m., they were investigating a disturbance at a residence when they encountered a man wielding a loaded crossbow.

One officer fired several shots, killing the man, who was later identified as Gene Bernhardt, 59, of Papaʻaloa.

The officer is a 24-year veteran with the department, police said.

The Hawaii Police Department says that they are conducting criminal and administrative investigations as is standard practice in an officer-involved shooting.

Police ask that anyone with any information about this incident call the police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Lieutenant Miles Chong at 961-2252, or via email at miles.chong@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide CrimeStoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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