Kapaa man accused of attempted murder

KAPAA — A Kapaa man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he allegedly shot his roommate early Sunday morning.

Jeffrey S. Simpson, 57, is being held in police custody on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder and two counts of reckless endangering. His bail is set at $1 million.

The incident began shortly after midnight on Saturday when police were called to a home on Kamalu Road in Wailua Homesteads after residents reported hearing gunshots.

Police arrived to find the victim, a 52-year-old Kapaa man, lying on the floor of his bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim lives in the home with several adult roommates, including Simpson, who was identified as the suspect.

Simpson was not at the home when police arrived to the scene, and detectives searched for him throughout Sunday morning. That afternoon, Simpson had made contact with police and arranged to turn himself in. Simpson was booked at the Lihue police station about 2 p.m. He is expected to be arraigned in court on Wednesday.

The victim was initially transported by medics to Wilcox Hospital, but was later medevaced to Queen’s hospital in serious but stable condition.

An investigation continues.

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