Autopsy on Ocean View Man Inconclusive
Watson died while in police custody Monday morning after the Hawai’i Police Department was called to a Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision home in response to a reported shooting.
The medical examiner reported that the autopsy results were inconclusive, pending toxicology results.
Watson, 46, had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his left leg, according to the medical examiner.
HPD said that evidence at the scene indicated that the wound was likely self-inflicted and accidental.
A 9:51 a.m. phone call was received on Monday from a man who said he had been shot.
Upon arrival, officers found Watson with a bandage on his left leg. He allegedly came out of the house in an “aggressive manner” and began to fight with authorities. Watson was taken into custody and became unresponsive.
Police on scene attempted cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until Hawai’i County Fire Department personnel arrived a few minutes later and took over unsuccessful efforts to revive him.
Watson was later taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m.
HPD Area II Criminal Investigations Section is conducting an investigation into the death and the circumstances leading to it, as is standard practice when someone dies in police custody.
An administrative investigation is also being conducted by the Office of Professional Standards.