The Latest: Reward to find Hawaii suspect now at $30,000
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the search for a suspect who allegedly shot and killed a Hawaii County police officer (all times local):
The total reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect who fatally shot a Hawaii police officer is now $30,000.
Hawaii County said Thursday the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has pledged a $10,000 reward.
That’s in addition to two separate pledges of $10,000 from the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Justin Waiki is wanted in the fatal shooting of Hawaii County Police Officer Bronson Kaliloa during a traffic stop Tuesday night.
Other officers returned fire at the suspect, who fled into the brush. It isn’t known if he was hit.
Kaliloa was a 10-year veteran of the Big Island police force. He was struck in the neck and leg and died at a hospital early Wednesday.
Hawaii police believe a suspect wanted in the killing of the first officer to be fatally shot on the Big Island is being hidden by associates.
Justin Waiki is wanted in the fatal shooting of Hawaii County Police Officer Bronson Kaliloa during a traffic stop Tuesday night. Other officers at the scene exchanged fire with the suspect, but it is not known if he was hit.
The shooting occurred in the mostly rural eastern side of the island that has been in the news lately because of the erupting Kilauea volcano.
Maj. Samuel Jelsma says Waiki’s last known address is in Las Vegas, but he has committed previous crimes on the Big Island.
The U.S. Marshals Service and FBI are offering $10,000 rewards for information leading to his capture.