Hawaii County Civil Defense message:
NORTH KOHALA – The Akoni Pule Highway in the Halaula area of North Kohala is closed in both directions near the 25 mile marker, as police deal with a barricaded suspect in a shooting that sent a woman and a police officer to the hospital.
The incident began Monday evening and continues into Tuesday morning. Police issued this media release:
At 7:48 p.m. Monday (July 13), patrol officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home on the 53-4200 block of Akoni Pule Highway in Halaula, North Kohala.
Responding officers contacted several neighbors in the area who reported loud yelling and screaming coming from the residence. Several people were then seen running from the house as officers approached from the driveway. A gunshot was fired at the officers, striking one officer in his right forearm.
A woman from the house approached the officers and said she had been shot in her outer thigh by her boyfriend.
Both the officer and the woman were taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The 37-year-old man barricaded himself in the house and remains there. He is believed to be the only occupant.
The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Special Response Team responded and neighboring residents were evacuated as a precaution.
The wounded 43-year-old officer is a 14-year veteran with the Hawaiʻi Police Department. He is listed in stable condition. The 32-year-old woman is also listed in stable condition.