HILO, Hawaii – Residents living on Kawailani Street in Hilo were stunned by the sound of gunshots early Monday evening, as a police shot and killed a man and a pit bull.
Hawaii County Police say that at about 4:20 p.m., they received a report of a disturbance. “Upon arrival,” police stated in a media release, “an officer encounter a man wielding a knife, along with a pit bull that had earlier chased paramedics into their vehicle. Several shots were fired by the officer, resulting in the death of the man and the pit bull.”
UPDATE (4 p.m. – June 7) – The deceased has been identified as 25-year-old Kalyp Allen Rapoza, of Hilo. Police say an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday (June 8) to determine his exact cause of death.
On the yard and in the street fronting the home where the shooting took place, bystanders were overcome by emotion, as a black tarp covered the scene.
Kawailani was closed to vehicles between Kanoelehua Avenue and Kilauea as police conducted their investigation.
Neighbors said they heard the gunshots and witnessed police quickly converge on the scene at Kawailani Street.
“As is standard practice in any officer-involved shooting,” police wrote, “the Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigations Section will conduct a criminal investigation into the shooting, and the Office of Professional Standards will conduct an administrative investigation.”
Police ask anyone with any information about this incident to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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.