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UPDATE: Armed Man and Pit Bull Die in Police Shooting

June 7, 2016, 2:00 PM HST
* Updated June 9, 7:15 AM
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policecar_cropped_330UPDATE
Wednesday, June 8

An autopsy conducted on Wednesday, June 8, revealed that 25-year-old Kalyp Allen Rapoza of Hilo, who was killed in an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon, June 6, died from gunshot wounds to the head and body.

A necropsy conducted Tuesday, June 7, determined that a pit bull killed in the same incident also died of gunshot wounds.

As is standard practice in any officer-involved shooting, the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigations Section is conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting, and the Office of Professional Standards is conducting an administrative investigation.

The officer who discharged his firearm has been with the Hawaiʻi Police Department for three years. He was not injured. He has been placed on administrative leave pursuant to department policy.

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UPDATE
Tuesday, June 7, 2 p.m.

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Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon, June 6, at a home off West Kawailani Street in Hilo.

He has been identified as 25-year-old Kalyp Allen Rapoza of Hilo.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, to determine his exact cause of death.

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In addition, a necropsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death of a pit bull killed in the same incident.

The officer who discharged his firearm has been with the Hawaiʻi Police Department for three years.

He is uninjured, and has been placed on administrative leave pursuant to department policy.

As is standard practice in any officer-involved shooting, the police department’s Area I Criminal Investigations Section is conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting, and the Office of Professional Standards is also conducting an administrative investigation.

ORIGINAL POST
Tuesday, June 7, 7:24 a.m.

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon, June 6, at a home off West Kawailani Street in Hilo.

At about 4:20 p.m., police received a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, an officer encounter a man wielding a knife and a pit bull that had earlier chased paramedics into their vehicle. Several shots were fired by the officer, resulting in the death of the man and the pit bull.

The man’s name is being withheld pending positive identification.

As is standard practice in any officer-involved shooting, the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigations Section will conduct a criminal investigation into the shooting; the Office of Professional Standards will conduct an administrative investigation.

Police ask anyone with any information about this incident to call the police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or [email protected]

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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