Hawaii island standoff ends in suspect’s death

Courtesy: Anna Pelayo

A standoff on Hawaii island ended Tuesday afternoon after police say the suspect killed himself.

The incident began at around 12:20 a.m., when patrol officers responded to a report of gunshots fired at a residence on Kamanu Street in Hawaiian Beaches.

When officers got to the scene, they were confronted by an armed man sitting in a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence. Several more shots were fired upon the officers’ arrival, though police say it’s unclear if any shots were directed toward them.

The occupant of the residence was able to safely leave the home and was not hurt.

The department’s Special Response Team responded to the scene and crisis negotiators established communication with the suspect who remained in his vehicle.

Police say he took his own life just before 1 p.m.

An autopsy will be scheduled for later this week to determine the victim’s exact cause of death. His name is being withheld until he can be positively identified and next of kin is notified.

Puna Parkway and Papio Street remain closed from Kahakai Boulevard, also cutting off any access to Kamanu Street while police continue their investigation.

Neighboring residents had been asked to evacuate the area for their safety. Police request that the public continues to avoid the area.

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