Daily US Times, Honolulu: Two Honolulu police officers were shot dead by a suspect when they responded and help-call for a woman. The woman called for help from her home in Waikiki on Sunday.
Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard confirmed the incident.
The Honolulu police officers were Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama. Both of them were shot and killed by suspect Jerry Hanel when they responded to a woman who had been stabbed at a residence around 9 a.m. local time.
Susan Ballard said in a press conference on Sunday night: The officer to arrive found the victim and, shortly after, two other officers came upon the scene. When all three were walking down the driveway of the home, Hanel allegedly shot at them.
According to Ballard, Enriquez, was a 7-year veteran with the department and Kalama, a 9-year veteran on the force.
He said ‘thick black smoke’ engulfed several homes, “totally destroying” at least seven houses and causing damage to many others.
The fire has been completely stopped, but it will take several days to process the scene, which includes removing the remains of three people who are unaccounted for should their bodies be found, Ballard said.
The people who are unaccounted for are the suspect and two other women.
Suspect’s dead body found?
Police said they are looking for suspect Hanel. But that maybe when a body recovered from the fire scene is confirmed to be his, Ballard explained.
The police department opened an investigation into two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree assault and multiple accounts of first degree attempted murder against Hanel.
The suspect Hanel is believed to be his 60s.
A witness told Hawaii News Now that he saw a woman bleeding near the house where the shooting occurred as he walked with his mother.
Felix, the witness’s name, said “She was screaming and bleeding from her leg.”
Two female officers then arrived, he added.