Identity Released of Man Who Shot Cops in Hilo – Same Dude as Before… Lock Him Up and Toss the Keys

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 31-year-old Hilo man in connection with a shooting Wednesday evening that injured two officers.

Keaka Martin

Keaka Martin

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Thursday, a team of 20 law enforcement officers attempted to contact the suspect, 31-year-old Keaka D. Martin of Hilo, at a home on East Palai Street in Hilo. In addition to Hawaiʻi Police Department officers, the team included two Sheriff’s deputies and three FBI agents.

When the officers arrived, they heard a single gunshot from inside the house. They entered the residence and found Martin with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest.

He was arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted first-degree murder and taken to Hilo Medical Center under police custody for treatment of his critical injuries.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the attempted murder investigation.

On Wednesday evening (January 2) at 7:44 p.m., police responded to a report of several gunshots heard in the area of Kilauea Avenue near the Wailoa River in Hilo.

At approximately 8:52 p.m., while checking parked vehicles in the area of the 800 block of Kilauea Avenue, officers observed a man hiding under a parked vehicle. Upon approaching him, both officers were fired upon and sustained gunshot injuries. One of the officers was able to return fire. The suspect was able to flee the area on foot and it is unknown at this time whether he sustained any injury as a result of the shooting.

Both officers remain at Hilo Medical Center in stable condition.

Police ask that anyone who has any information about the Wednesday night incident call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385. Persons may also email Detective Todd at gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

And from a PREVIOUS INCIDENT:

Big Island police have charged two Hilo men with various offenses following a reported robbery in Puna on Sunday (May 22).

Tuesday evening (May 24), detectives charged 28-year-old Paul Matthew Borowski and 30-year-old Keaka Daniel Kaneala Martin with first-degree robbery and alteration of identification marks prohibited (a firearms offense). Borowski was also charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony.

Bail for Borowski was set at $22,500. Bail for Martin was set at $51,000. Both were held at the Hilo police cellblock pending their initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon (May 25).

The charges stemmed from an incident in which the victim, a 38-year-old Mountain View man, reported that on Sunday at about 7:45 p.m., while he was at a park near the Mountain View gym, he willingly met with both Martin and Borowski. During the interaction, the victim reported that one of the suspects brandished a firearm and forcibly removed his personal property before fleeing the park in a light-colored sports-utility vehicle. The victim did not sustain any injuries during the robbery.

On Monday (May 23) both Martin and Borowski were arrested in Hilo and were held in police custody while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section conducted further investigation. Detectives executed a search warrant on a residence in Hilo, where they recovered a firearm and other evidence.

Police ask that witnesses who may have been in the area of the Mountain View gym Sunday evening and may have witnessed the incident call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381.

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.

One Response

  1. get the meth anphetamine problem under control. #1 Stop giving money and food cards at the begining of the month to enable these people to destroy them selves and others. Jobs are not hard to find when you are clean and sober. Work is good for the soul and spirit. Work also can keep a person stay out of trouble. #2 Harsher penalties for those who deal. Also more servelence. #3 Detox center and more programs to help people get off Drugs and Alcohol. #4 More public support and accolades to those who abstain from Drugs and Alcohol. More Public support of 12 step programs. Keaka Was born to be a nice person. Drugs and Alcohol poisoned him and in an instant bad impulses and dicisons changed his life and the lives of others. Say NO to drugs and Alcohol.

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