Hawaii police identify officer suspected in murder-suicide

HILO, Hawaii — Hawaii County police have identified the suspect in a murder-suicide as 50-year-old police officer Christopher R. Kapua-Allison.

Capt. Randall Medeiros said that police found his service weapon near the bodies in his house on Sunday.

“His service weapon was recovered at the scene,” Medeiros said. “We’ll be doing some analysis of its ballistics, but it does appear it was his service weapon is what was used.”

Police said an autopsy revealed both he and his wife, Jolene-Rae K. Kapua-Allison, died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

The autopsy found that the manner of death was homicide for the 54-year-old Jolene-Rae K. Kapua-Allison and suicide for her husband.

Police said Christopher R. Kapua-Allison had been the subject of a criminal investigation into alleged domestic violence prior to the incident.

The officer, who had received an Officer of the Month citation in 2010 for helping negotiate a peaceful resolution to an armed standoff and was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for his record of impaired-driving arrests, was assigned to Kona Traffic Enforcement Unit.

Medeiros said he couldn’t go into any internal disciplinary or personnel matters regarding the officer, but said about the Sunday incident, “I don’t think anybody could’ve anticipated this.”

Detectives with the Hilo Criminal Investigation Section are continuing to investigate the murder-suicide.

  1. LMat April 12, 2018 8:25 am Reply

    “I don’t think anybody could’ve anticipated this”…??!!!
    He was the subject of a domestic violence investigation!!! And he was in possession of a firearm!!! How could no one have anticipated this??!!!
    That’s what someone says when they want to try to expunge any self accountability or fault.

    “When it comes to gun violence against women, the United States is the most dangerous country in the developed world. Domestic violence affects millions of women across the country, and guns in the hands of domestic abusers can turn abuse into murder. Indeed, the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY THAT THE WOMAN WILL BE KILLED. And the deadly mix of guns and domestic violence is exacerbated by America’s weak gun laws: women in the U.S. are 16 times more likely to be shot and killed than are women in other developed nations.”

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