Attempted murder charge in Puna spear gun shooting




George Robert Curnutt, courtesy Hawaii County Police

George Robert Curnutt, courtesy Hawaii County Police

LEILANI ESTATES, Hawaii – A 49 year old Puna man hs been charged for allegedly shooting a 20 year old Puna man with a spear gun in the Leilani Estates Subdivision on Tuesday night (June 25).

George Robert Curnutt of Leilani Estates was charged at 6:45 p.m. Thursday (June 27) with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree. Police report Curnutt is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $500,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

Police say that on Tuesday, they responded to the scene of the shooting at about 10:15 p.m., and found the victim who was shot with a spear gun during a confrontation on Leilani Avenue. The victim was stabilized at the scene before being transported to the Hilo Medical Center. He was in critical condition, and underwent surgery at the medical center.

According to a police media release that was issued on Wednesday:

Police also learned that a 61 year-old female sustained a non life-threatening injury to her lower leg during the confrontation after being struck by a large rock. She was also transported to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment and was subsequently released.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or email him at famuimuia@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Todd Pataray at 961-2382 or email him at tpataray@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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