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Another Big Island Police Shooting Incident

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Puna man whose actions on Friday (April 10) resulted in an officer-involved shooting in Puna.

HPDBadgeAt 6:30 a.m. Sunday (April 12), detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Division executed a search warrant at the Mountain View home of 24-year-old Daesyn Pacheco-Muragin and arrested him on two outstanding bench warrants. He was also arrested on suspicion of the following offenses: attempted first-degree murder, four counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and one count of attempted criminal property damage.

Pacheco-Muragin had no apparent injuries from the shooting incident on Friday. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continue the investigation.

Shortly before 1 p.m. Friday, a Puna patrol officer came upon a suspicious car at the end of Mokuna Street in the Royal Hawaiian Estates subdivision. The car then drove directly toward the officer’s vehicle, swerving at the last moment, and continued to flee the area.

A few moments later, the same car was observed traveling north into oncoming traffic on the southbound lane of Highway 11 in the Mountain View area. It continued through an active road construction site and drove directly toward an officer who was directing traffic. In response, that officer fired three shots toward the driver, striking the car, which continued traveling toward Hilo.

As is standard practice in any police involved shooting, the Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigations Section is conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting and the Office of Professional Standards is conducting an administrative investigation.