Honolulu, HI-A 69-year-old man facing eviction fatally shot two Honolulu police officers who were responding to the scene of a stabbing.
When officers arrived, they were shot and then the suspect set a raging fire that destroyed seven homes in Diamond Head.
During a news conference, Police Chief Ballard identified the two killed as Officer Tiffany Enriquez, a 7-year veteran, and Kaulike Kalama, a 9-year veteran.
“On behalf of the men and women of the Honolulu Police Department, our deepest condolences go out to the families," she said. “The HPD ohana grieve along with you.”
“They were like my kids. They were with me for five years at receiving desk when I was major there,” she said. “So when they first came into the department up until I made chief, I knew them personally.”
The suspect has been identified as Jerry Hanel.
His remains have not been located, but processing the scene may take several days.
Two women remain unaccounted for at this time.
Court documents show Hanel has a history of erratic behavior and making false 911 reports. His attorney said he had delusions that he was being tracked by the FBI.
Ballard said he had no permits to own firearms.
Sources said the suspect’s landlord had been trying to evict him. She’d delivered eviction papers to him on Friday, but he refused to sign them.
The person who was injured in the stabbing sustained a wound to the leg and was taken to a hospital in serious condition. It wasn’t immediately clear how the stabbing victim knew the suspect.
When officers arrived on scene, Hanel opened fire on them in his driveway, Ballard said.
Witnesses saw injured officers being dragged into the street. One bystander said rescuers could be seen performing CPR on an officer in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.
After ambushing the officers, He’s accused of setting fire to the home he was in. Those flames spread quickly to several nearby properties as firefighters struggled to gain access to the site amid the active police investigation.
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