Big Island Police Still Looking for Man Wanted in Connection to Puna Shooting Last Month

Big Island police are renewing their request for information about a man wanted in connection with a shooting in Puna last month.

James Gannon Coffey

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on July 3, a 39-year-old Mountain View woman reported that at about 3:30 p.m., she had been at the suspect’s home on Overview Road in Mountain View to retrieve her property when they got into a verbal confrontation. The victim reportedly heard what sounded like a gunshot. The suspect allegedly pointed what appeared to be a firearm at her and discharged another round.

The woman was not injured.

Police have classified the incident as a second-degree attempted murder.

Detectives want to question 47-year-old James Gannon Coffey of Overview Road, who is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10, about 150 pounds with hazel eyes and short graying hair. He may be operating a brown late-model Toyota pickup truck. He is also wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant.

Police advise the public not to contact Coffey, as he may be armed and dangerous. Instead, anyone with information on this case or on Ciffey’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email him at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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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