Gunfire Sounds in Keauhou Prompt Police Investigation
The Hawai’i Police Department received numerous calls Tuesday night reporting what sounded like gunfire at various locations in Keauhou.
According to a HPD release, Kona Patrol officers responded to the vicinity upon receiving the initial call at 8:41 p.m.
Just before 9 p.m., officers located a pickup truck on a dirt road off Kaleiopapa Drive. Police made contact with three men inside the vehicle and, during that time, officers observed a rifle in the truck. The rifle was not loaded.
The three men were identified as 26-year-old Jeffrey Horton, 24-year-old Matthew Canter and 20-year-old Armando Mejia.
All three men were arrested on suspicion of place to keep an unloaded firearm. Horton was also arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Both the truck and firearm were recovered as evidence.
Police released the three men on Wednesday morning pending further investigation after conferring with prosecutors.
According to the police release, no reports of injuries or property damage were made in connection with the incident.
HPD asks that individuals who have information about this case call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Shawn Tingle at 326-4646, extension 277, or [email protected].
Individuals who prefer to remain anonymous may call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.