Manhunt to Hawaii cop killer ends with suspect killed by police

Hawaii’s entire Big Island police conducted a three-day search for Justin Waiki, left, who was suspected of the killing of a Hawaii County police Officer Bronson Kaliloa during a traffic stop on Tuesday.

(Hawaii Police via AP, File)

A three-day manhunt in Hawaii’s Big Island came to an end Friday after the suspect of the deadly shooting of a Hawaii police officer was killed during a shootout with police, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Justin Waiki, 33, was killed and an officer was injured during the gunfight, a Hawaii County official said to the Associated Press. The wounded agent was flown to Hilo Medical Center in stable condition, Honolulu FOX 2 reported.

3 arrested at the scene of the shootout for allegedly helping fugitive Justin Waiki

— khon2 News (@KHONnews) July 21, 2018

A woman with Waiki was shot and wounded during the confrontation, but her medical condition was not immediately known, a police spokesman said.

Three other persons on the scene were arrested on suspicion of complicity in Waiki, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Local and federal authorities began searching for Waiki after Officer Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa was fatally shot during a shootout Tuesday after a traffic stop in the vicinity of Hilo.

The suspect fled into the brush on a dark and rainy evening.

The police arrested Harvey Damo Jr., to the left, and Shevylyn Klaus on suspicion of theft of the car. The police said that they are supposed to be employees of a man suspected of the killing of a Big Island police officer.

(Hawaii Police department via AP)

A 24-hour task force as a result of tips from citizens and other information about Waiki residence. The police said that they believed that his colleagues were helping to hide him on the big island, where the eruption of the Kilauea volcano attracts worldwide attention in the past few months.

Two of Waiki the employees were arrested on Thursday, after an undercover officer approached a suspicious pick-up truck with a man and a woman within, on the other side of the island where the shooting took place.

The officer drew his weapon and ordered the two people out of the truck. Instead, they fled and the police chased them.

Kaliloa, 46, was the first police officer to be fatally shot on the Big Island. He was married for 23 years and had three children.

“He was strong and sweet and funny and smart and chivalrous and served his community every day as an honest and fair police officer whose conviction led him to always do the right thing,” Kaliloa’s niece, Kawehi Haug, wrote in a Facebook message to AP.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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