Hawaii officer dies after shooting as police hunt suspect

  • This undated photo provided by the Hawaii Police Department shows Justin Waiki. A police officer on Hawaii's Big Island died after a shooting during a traffic stop Tuesday, July 17, 2018, and a manhunt is underway for suspect Waiki. (Hawaii Police Department via AP)

MOUNTAIN VIEW— A police officer on Hawaii’s Big Island died after a shooting during a traffic stop Tuesday night and a manhunt is underway for the suspect, officials said.

Hawaii County Police say the shooting happened near Mountain View, a community about 15 miles south of Hilo.

Bronson K. Kaliloa and other officers approached the vehicle. Officials say the suspect exited the driver’s seat and fired multiple shots.

The 10-year-department veteran was struck in the neck and leg and was taken to a hospital, where he died early Wednesday.

Other officers returned fire at the suspect, who fled into the brush.

Police identified the suspect as 33-year-old Justin Joshua Waiki, whose last address was in Las Vegas. Police say he was wanted on a no-bail warrant.

  1. harry oyama July 18, 2018 3:09 pm Reply

    Well, its not a good idea to run into the mountains after killing a cop. A certain type of “accident” can be made in the mountainous area that usually result in the suspect getting terminated, like “falling off a cliff” after being pushed by a “billy goat”, that coughs or being hit by “stray” bullets fired by “unknown” hunters mistaken the suspect for live game.

    1. Robert Bentley July 19, 2018 7:55 am Reply

      It is not a good idea to shoot anybody, never mind a Police Officer. He will get what is coming to him.

  2. Nani Hill July 19, 2018 4:42 am Reply

    I am a former resident of Hanapepe, Kauai who moved to Phoenix, Arizona recently to be close to our immediate family. I am devastated by the news of Officer Bronson Kaliloa’s death on the Big Island. Bronson’s grandparents, John and Annie Kaliloa were from Hanapepe and well-known throughout the area. Bronson’s dad, Larry Kaliloa went to school at Eleele and then on to Kamehameha Schools. I just want to acknowledge and honor this young man who is a “branch” of a fine kama`aina family.

  3. Duffy Nightingale August 23, 2018 10:03 am Reply

    We have vacationed on Kauai once a year for 20 years. Very sorry to hear a native PO is no longer with us. Hope you all survive hurricane Lane in one piece with no loss of property or persons!!

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