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Wainaku Information Update for June 13th, 2021

The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) initiated an attempted murder investigation following an officer-involved shooting in Wainaku, South Hilo Sunday evening (June 13th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team

Hawai’i Police Department Office of the Police Chief Chief Paul K. Ferreira Phone: (808) 961-2244 Report No.: 21-047620 Hawai’i Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the South Hilo District this evening (Sunday, June 13th).

South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a 7:10 p.m. call of a physical domestic at a residence on Mokuhonua Lane in Hilo. Upon arrival, officers attempted to contact the occupants of the residence. A male party then came out of the rear of the residence with a semi-automatic rifle and opened fire on the officers at the scene.

One officer, a 13-year veteran of the department, returned fire and struck the suspect several times. The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Ryan Y. Santos of Hilo, expired at the scene.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the criminal investigation into this matter. Detectives from the Office of Professional Standards have opened a standard internal investigation into this incident.

While this investigation is in its early stages and more information will be forthcoming, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave as is standard practice in this type of incident.

Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Detective John Balberde of the Area I Criminal Investigations Section at (808) 961-2386 or via email at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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