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UPDATE: Officer-Involved Shooting Reported at Waiakea Center

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***Story updated at 9:20 a.m. to include information from the Hawai’i Police Department.***

A man was killed overnight in a police-involved shooting at the Waiakea Center.

The Hawai’i Police Department reports that at around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, officers initiated a traffic stop of a Toyota mini-van.

Police say the vehicle was known to be operated by a sought-after fugitive who was known to be armed and dangerous.

A female driver and a male front-seat passenger were commanded to exit the vehicle.


As the pair exited the vehicle, the passenger was armed with a handgun and discharged a round. Officers on the scene discharged their firearms, fatally injuring the passenger.

The male passenger’s identity is being held pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

HPD has identified the driver of the vehicle as 30-year-old Kaiini Febo Santiago of Pahoa. She was uninjured in the incident and arrested at the scene on suspicion of hindering prosecution for having aided a wanted fugitive.

Santiago is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation.

Officers who fired their weapons have 14, 12, 7, and 6 years of experience with law enforcement according to HPD officials.


Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Detective Joel Field at 961-2361.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous should call the Big Island Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.

As with all police-involved shootings, 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.

***Original story posted at 8:49 a.m.***

A Hawai’i Police Department-involved shooting took place late Tuesday evening.


Multiple media reports suggest that at around 10:40 p.m,. officers shot at a male suspect in the Waiakea Center parking lot. Injuries sustained were not immediately known.

HPD reportedly said that a silver sports utility vehicle, which is a police subsidized vehicle, has a bullet hole in it.

On Friday, officers shot and killed a 38-year-old wanted man in the McDonald’s drive-thru lane in the Puainako Center.

The man, Ronald Barawis Jr., had firearms within reach in the vehicle, HPD said after the incident.

Big Island Now will bring you details on the Tuesday night incident as details become available.

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