Murder of Mt. Rainier Park Ranger Reminds Me of the Big Island Murder at Kaloko-Honokohau National Park

Yesterday’s murder of Park Ranger Margaret Anderson in Mt. Rainier National Park  reminded me of the senseless killing that happened here on the Big Island back in December of 1999.

Park Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell was shot and killed in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Hawaii Island

On December 12, 1999, Park Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell was shot and killed in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii. His body was found by a visitor to the park in a brushy area, with his service weapon missing.

Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell had responded to a visitor’s complaint of a man with three unleashed dogs. Upon confronting the suspect, a struggled ensued in which Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell used his pepper spray. The suspect gained control of Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell’s service weapon and shot him several times, including a fatal shot while he lay on the ground, wounded.

The suspect was arrested several days later and charged with the murder of a United States Park Ranger. In 2006 the suspect was found not guilty be reason of insanity and committed to a federal mental institution.

Ranger Makuakane-Jarrell had served with the agency for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

According to National Parks Traveler, Ranger Margaret Anderson was the 9th National Parks Ranger murdered in the line of duty.

When Mount Rainier National Park law enforcement Ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed on New Year’s Day, she became the ninth ranger in the history of the National Park Service to be murdered in the line of duty, according to Park Service records…

I have a few friends that work at some of the National Parks here on the Big Island and I sure hope they stay safe.  I never really thought the job of a Park Ranger could be so difficult… but then I guess there are some crazy folks out there!

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