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Victim Dies in Fern Acres Shooting Incident

March 18, 2019, 1:25 PM HST
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Hawaiʻi Island Police are investigating a shooting in Puna on Monday morning, March 18, 2019, that left one man dead.

At about 12:30 a.m., patrol officers responded to the Fern Acres subdivision after receiving a report of a man with a gunshot wound lying on the driveway of a Plumeria Street residence. Officers arriving at the scene found an unresponsive male with an apparent gunshot wound.

The investigation, initially classified as a coroner’s inquest, has been reclassified as second-degree murder and police do not have a suspect in custody at this time.

At 10:26 a.m., the victim has been positively identified as 38-year-old Joshua John Santos of Puna.

Detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue to investigate, and an autopsy has been scheduled to determine the victim’s exact cause of death.

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Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to call Detective Kelly Moniz at (808) 961-2385 or email [email protected]ov or the Hawai‘i Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

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