Turn of head may have prevented second death

Howard I. Giddens, 27, the Hanamaulu man arrested Monday morning after a double

shooting in which one man died and another survived with a turn of his head,

remained in Kaua`i Community Correctional Center Tuesday in lieu of $500,000


Giddens was expected to be arraigned today or Thursday, said Kaua`i

County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Soong.

Kaua’i Police were scheduled to

give their report on the shootings to prosecutors this morning, after which

formal charges would likely be filed. Authorities were still discussing

yesterday what crimes would be formally alleged.

Soong said neither Giddens

nor his alleged victim, 42-year-old Colan Fernandes, also of Hanamaulu, had

prior criminal records.

Fernandes was found dead inside a house at 4286

Ho`ohana St. Giddens barricaded himself in the home where Fernandes lived with

his mother and brother.

Giddens was talked out of the house by two Kaua`i

Police after less than an hour.

Authorities said that before surrendering,

Giddens called a police dispatcher and wanted assurances that if he voluntarily

came out of the house, he wouldn’t be shot.

He surrendered without


King Kaumuali’i Elementary School, located two blocks away, was

locked down until the situation was resolved.

Giddens allegedly shot

another man at Hanamaulu Beach Park before going to the Fernandes home. That

victim, 49, remained Tuesday at Wilcox Memorial Hospital, where his condition

was upgraded from guarded to fair.

Police said the man shot at the park

turned his head just as a shot was fired, evidently saving himself from a fatal


The type of firearm has not been disclosed. Sources said it was not

a handgun, however.

Residents in the subdivision of small, older tract

houses where Giddens eventually surrendered told reporters that Giddens fired

shots at houses and cars and yelled profanities before police surrounded the

house where he was barricaded and brought the violent outburst to a peaceful


Detectives, line officers and other law enforcement personnel

remained on Ho`ohana Street most of Monday, talking to neighbors, sifting

through evidence and trying to piece together the facts behind Giddens’

apparent rampage.

Five years ago, in the same subdivision, Janice Noblisse,

24, shot her live-in boyfriend, Milan Cabacungan, 39, with an AK-47 – an

assault rifle – then killed their two small children before turning the gun on


Staff writer Dennis Wilken can be reached at 245-3681 (ext.

252) and [dwilken@pulitzer.net]


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