Hawaii man suspected of killing 2 cops described as unhinged

  • This undated photo provided by the Honolulu Police Department shows Officers Tiffany Enriquez, left, and Kaulike Kalama. Enriquez and Kalama were killed Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, while responding to a call. (Courtesy of Honolulu Police Department via AP)

HONOLULU — A Hawaii handyman with a history of run-ins with police and neighbors faced eviction when he stabbed his landlord and killed two officers before the house he and two women were believed to be inside burned, authorities and neighbors said.

Police responding Sunday to a call for help at the location found a woman stabbed in the leg and resident Jaroslav “Jerry” Hanel, began shooting, killing Officers Tiffany Enriquez, a seven-year veteran, and Kaulike Kalama, a nine-year veteran, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said.

Police suspect Hanel, who was in his 60s, and two women who have not been identified were inside the house when it caught fire. They were presumed dead and Ballard said it could take days for authorities to recover remains and process evidence.

The fire just a few blocks from oceanfront high-rise buildings spread, destroying seven homes and leaving others with fire or smoke damage.

The homeowner, Lois Cain, had recently sought the eviction of Hanel, who lived in the home for free in exchange for his work, according to court records and a lawyer who has represented him.

A neighbor told The Associated Press she saw Cain being put into an ambulance suffering from knife wounds. Her condition was not disclosed.

The normally peaceful neighborhood is at the far end of famed Waikiki Beach, between the Honolulu Zoo and the Diamond Head State Monument, a volcanic crater popular with tourists and hikers.

Ian Felix, a Honolulu resident and combat veteran with medical training, told the AP he was walking by the home when he saw a woman lying on the ground with blood coming from her leg.

Felix applied pressure and put a tourniquet on the woman’s leg until the first police officer arrived. Two more officers arrived moments later; Felix said he then heard two gunshots and that he and the officer carried the injured woman into a neighbor’s garage across the street.

Neighbors described Hanel as mentally disturbed and Ballard said he did not have any gun permits.

Attorney Jonathan Burge has represented Hanel since 2015 in various disputes with neighbors, including temporary restraining orders that three obtained against him. Hanel, a native of the Czech Republic who used Czech interpreters in court, faced a hearing next week on a charge of misusing 911 services, Burge said Sunday.

Burge said he never knew Hanel to be violent, but that “he’s kind of a quirky guy and had problems.” Hanel believed the government was watching him and tapping his phone, Burge said.

Cain was supportive of him in his disputes with neighbors, Burge said. But she wanted him to move out so she could move into the home and their relationship also soured because Hanel’s dog had died and Cain wouldn’t let him get a new one.

“I know that she was trying to have him evicted because she was moving back to Hawaii and had to live there herself. So that’s kind of the extent of what was going on, but I heard she had just filed for the eviction on Friday,” Burge told KHON-TV. “Maybe she was serving it to him and it pushed him over the edge.”

In the complaint for Hanel’s eviction filed last week, Cain said Hanel did not have a rental agreement and that despite “repeated demands, Defendant has failed and refused to vacate the premises.”

Nearby resident Dolores Sandvold said she heard screaming and gunshots and saw Cain being carried to an ambulance.

Kailua resident John Farmer said the fire spread to his sister’s nearby house, which was destroyed.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said that the “entire state mourns the loss of two Honolulu Police officers.”

1 Comments
  1. Charlie Chimknee January 21, 2020 8:00 am Reply

    Ours prayers go out to the victims and families of this senseless tragedy.

    Perhaps this info may be part of the cause.

    A 30 year Registered Pharmacist (RPh), has put together over 35 hours of online seminars on the Diseases caused by medical drugs.

    Stating that all drugs have 2 reactions. The first being soon after taking and hoped for in the reduction, or masking of symptoms providing relief from symptoms but not removing the cause of the disease sickness or symptoms.

    The 2nd reaction a much longer side effect, and is the kind seen on TV ads for doctor prescribed popular common drugs.

    The secondary long term side effect of anti-depressants and mood alterating drugs are violence, against one self and also others, as we see in suicide and these irrational insane killings going on in schools, churches, and at Diamond Head.

    It would do well to check the killers prescriptions as a cause.

    The current opiate/heroin epidemic in America was caused by over prescribing by the medical doctors of opiates forcing the addicted to turn to street heroin after being cut off or unable to pay the doctor visit and opiate prescription or both.

    Drugs, chemicals, all have unwanted side effects, some extremely serious. Pharmaceutical drugs and their distributors, are a cause and pause for concern.

    Amazing, you see 2 elderly citizens, one on 4 drugs daily, and the other on zero drugs daily for the last 75 years.

    The drugged person claiming it is keeping them alive, the other laughing at the ridiculous blind Faith people have in Chemicals.


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