Update on Nanawale Estate Fatal Shooting

After conferring with prosecutors, Hawaiʻi Island police detectives have charged a 43-year-old Puna man in connection with a fatal shooting Monday (May 20) in the Nānāwale Estates subdivision.

HPDBadgeSeon Keoni Aki of Nānāwale Estates was charged at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 22) with second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, ownership prohibited (firearm), ownership prohibited (ammunition), place to keep a firearm and first-degree terroristic threatening. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $370,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (May 23).

Also Wednesday, an autopsy determined that the victim, 40-year-old Mateo D. Balinbin Jr. of Nānāwale Estates, died from an injury to the brain from a gunshot wound. The death was ruled a homicide.

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