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Posted: Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 5:54 PM HST

Suspect arrested in shooting of two Big Island police officers

By Ken Hupp - 67AM KPUA News

A 31-year old Hilo man has been arrested in connection with last night’s shooting that sent two police officers to the hospital. Captain Mitchell Kanehailua said police received information that led them to a home on East Palai Street in Hilo where a team of 20 law enforcement officials including Big Island police, Sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents attempted to contact Keaka D. Martin and place him under arrest shortly before 3:30 p.m. “Upon the entry, they announced for the suspect to come out of the residence. On the 3rd announcement they heard a gunshot,” Kanehailua said. “Upon going to the door
another male came out and indicated that Martin had shot himself in the upper torso.
After clearing the area and affecting entry in to the house they…secured the party and brought him out and sought medical attention for him.”
Martin 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 injuries which
were described as critical.
His arrest is the latest chapter in a bizarre episode that began last night when the two officers, ages 40 and 31 were sent to the 1200 block of Kilauea Avenue near the former Green Onion Restaurant in Hilo to investigate a report of gunshots around 7:44 p.m.
They spotted a man hiding under a car shortly before 9:00 p.m. who fired on them as they approached. One of the officers said he returned fire, but it is unknown whether the suspect
was injured. The officers underwent surgery for gunshot wounds to their legs at Hilo Medical Center and remain hospitalized in stable condition.

Police say they presently have no motive for the shooting. They are asking anyone who has any information about the incident to call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or the
police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

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