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New Details in Search for Big Island Shooting Suspect

March 22, 2019, 8:29 AM HST
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Walter Gomes III. PC: Hawaiʻi Island Police

New details have emerged in the man hunt for shooting suspect, 41-year-old Walter Gomes III, on Hawaiʻi Island.

The investigation stems from an assault reported in Kailua-Kona on Wednesday, March 20, where an adult woman sustained a single gun-shot wound.

Investigators, acting on a combination of leads and community tips, focused their efforts in the North Kohala District mid-day, Thursday, March 21.

The suspect was seen in his vehicle and allegedly refused to surrender to police, which lead to a pursuit and the closure of roads and evacuation of residents in Hawi.

Several officers fired rounds into the suspect’s vehicle at two locations in Hawi, according to police reports.

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Police say the pursuit ended when the suspect broad-sided a police vehicle, abandoned his vehicle and fled into a dense brush area. Gomes has not been located yet. Officers are continuing to follow-up on leads as to his location.

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As is standard practice in any police-involved shooting, the Department’s Area II Criminal Investigation Section is conducting a criminal investigation into the shooting, while the Office of Professional Standards is conducting an administrative investigation.

Gomes, who is from Kona, was last seen wearing a blue hoodie-type top with camouflage cargo shorts. He is described as being 5-feet-11-inches, 182 pounds with brown eyes and buzzed brown hair, a light mustache, and unshaved face.

Police advise the public refrain from contacting the suspect, and to report any sighting to the Police Department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311 or to contact Lieutenant Roylen Valera at (808) 326-4646 ext. 230, or via email at [email protected]

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