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Kona Man Arrested, Charged For Firearms Offenses

March 9, 2022, 8:45 PM HST
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A Big Island man faces several charges in connection with an incident Wednesday, March 9.

William Lawrence

According to a press release, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 30-year-old William Lawrence of Kailua-Kona for various firearm offenses stemming from an incident that occurred shortly after midnight Wednesday.

The release says Kona Patrol officers responded to a 12:38 a.m. call about a weapons incident in which it was reported an individual was shooting a firearm in the parking lot of a Kailua-Kona apartment complex in the 74-900 block of Manawalea Street.

In the course of their investigation, police determined Lawrence got into a heated verbal argument with a 23-year-old male and subsequently discharged one round from a shotgun. Lawrence then pointed the weapon at a 34-year-old male bystander. The 23-year-old and 34-year-old males are from Kailua-Kona.

Officers arrested Lawrence without incident and no one was injured during the situation. Investigators later recovered the firearm used in the incident.

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Later that same day, after conferring with the county prosecutors office, detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section charged Lawrence with first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree reckless endangering, place to keep firearms and ownership prohibited. His total bail was set $55,000 and he remains in custody at the Kona Police Station pending his initial court appearance Thursday, March 10, in Kona District Court.

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Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Tyler Prokopec at 808-326-4646, ext. 224, or via email at [email protected]. Members of the community can also contact police on the nonemergency line at 808-935-3311.

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