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Police Shooting Victim Identified

May 1, 2017, 11:34 AM HST
* Updated May 1, 11:36 AM
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Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the man shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday, April 29, in Papaʻaloa.

He has been identified as 59-year-old Gene Bernhardt of Papaʻaloa.

At about 3:35 p.m., police were investigating a disturbance at a residence when they encountered a man wielding a loaded crossbow. One officer fired several shots, resulting in the death of the man. The officer is a 24-year veteran with the department.

As is standard practice in any officer-involved shooting, 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. An autopsy to determi e the exact cause of death has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 3.

Police ask anyone with any information about this incident to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Lieutenant Miles Chong at 961-2252 or via email at [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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