The Latest: Police kill suspect in Hawaii officer dead

HONOLULU – The Latest on the search for a suspect who allegedly shot and killed a Hawaii police officer (all times are local):

4 hours

Authorities say a man suspected of a deadly shooting of a Hawaii police officer was killed during a shootout with the police after three days of searching in the Big Island.

Hawaii County Director Wants, Okabe, says the head of the police called him to confirm Justin Waiki was shot and killed Friday afternoon.

A police spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment and further details were not available.

Local and US authorities launched a manhunt for Waiki after Officer Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa was shot and killed during a traffic stop Tuesday night in the vicinity of Hilo.

Two of Waiki the employees were arrested after an undercover officer approached a suspicious pick-up truck on the other side of the big island Thursday.

Kaliloa was the first Large Island officer mortally shot. The 10-year veteran of the force, was married with three children, the couple adopted through the state foster care system.


10:55 pm

Police say a tip that a man suspected of killing a Hawaii police officer was seen in a pick-up truck led to the arrest of two of his employees.

However, a manhunt continued Friday for the shooter.

The police got a tip that suspect Justin Waiki was seen in a Toyota pick-up truck in Kailua-Kona, on the other side of the Big Island where Officer Bronson Kaliloa was shot dead on Tuesday.

Officers saw the truck on Thursday and were approaching it when it is accelerated in the direction of them. Officers fired shots as the truck left the scene. It was left in a field.

Harvey Damo Jr. and Shevylyn Klaus were arrested on suspicion of theft. Police say the truck was reported stolen earlier. It is not clear if Damo and Klaus have lawyers.


7:30 pm

Authorities in Hawaii say two employees of a man suspected of the killing of a Big Island police officer was arrested, but the shooter remains at large.

Police said Friday the arrests were made during a manhunt prompted by the killing of Officer Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa during a traffic stop Tuesday near Hilo.

The search continues for suspect Justin Waiki.

Hawaii County police spokesman Alan Richmond said that the two arrests were made after an undercover officer approached a suspicious pick-up truck with a man and a woman in late Thursday.

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

Richmond did not immediately have further details. He says that anyone harboring or attempting to help Waiki could face a felony prison sentence.

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