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UPDATE: Officer Involved Shooting in Hilo Under Investigation

June 7, 2016, 4:00 AM HST
* Updated June 7, 2:05 PM
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Hawaiʻi County Police Department Image.

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Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon (June 6) at a home off West Kawailani Street in Hilo.

He has been identified as 25-year-old Kalyp Allen Rapoza, of Hilo.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday (June 8) to determine his exact cause of death.

In addition, a necropsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death of a pit bull killed in the same incident.

The officer who discharged his firearm has been with the Hawaiʻi Police Department for 3-years, is uninjured, and has been placed on administrative leave pursuant to department policy.


As is standard practice in any officer-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 also conducting an administrative investigation.


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Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an officer-involved shooting reported on Monday afternoon, June 6, 2016 at a home in Hilo.

Police responded to a report of a disturbance at a home off of West Kawailani Street at around 4:20 p.m.


Police say that upon arrival, an officer encountered a man wielding a knife, along with a Pit Bull that had earlier chased paramedics into their vehicle.

Several shots were fired by the officer, resulting in the death of the man and the pit bull, according to department reports.

The man’s name is being withheld pending positive identification.

Under standard procedure, a criminal and administrative investigation will be conducted.

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