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Puna Information Update # 2 for June 8th, 2019

Male Suspect is in Custody following an Officer Involved Shooting in Mountain View

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Major Samuel Jelsma Phone: 961-2341 Report No. 19-045780 


A 30-year-old fugitive has been apprehended during an incident in Mountain View involving a Puna district patrol officer firing his weapon Saturday morning. 


The suspect is identified as a Michael T. Soares of a Hilo address.


On Saturday (June 8) at approximately 7 a.m., an Ihope road homeowner discovered a maroon 1991 Ford Explorer parked near the house with the engine running and a male passed out in the driver seat. Police and Fire Department personnel were summoned.


Upon arrival officers noted the ignition had no key with wires pulled out behind the steering wheel.  They awoke the male party and ordered him to turn off the vehicle and step outside however he refused and instead floored the gas pedal lurching forward and slamming into the garage of the residence.