Despite 3 run-ins with officers, shooting suspect continues to evade arrest

Despite 3 run-ins with officers, shooting suspect continues to evade arrest

KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Residents in North Hawaii Island remain on edge as a shooting suspect remains on the run.

Police launched a manhunt Thursday for 41-year-old Walter Gomes III.

And Big Island police revealed Friday that they opened fire on Gomes three times Thursday ― once in Kona near Costco and two more times in Hawi.

He remains at large, however, and it’s unclear if he’s been injured.

Walter Gomes III (Image: Big Island Police Department)
Walter Gomes III (Image: Big Island Police Department)

Police said they started looking for Gomes on Wednesday night, after a woman was taken to Kona Community Hospital in a private vehicle with a gunshot wound.

The woman was in serious condition, police said.

About 2 a.m., patrol officers found Gomes in a vehicle near Maiau Street in Kona.

Police said Gomes refused to comply with officers’ commands and drove his vehicle toward them, striking a police patrol car. Three officers discharged their firearms, but it wasn’t clear if they hit Gomes.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Police chased the suspect toward South Kohala, but the suspect was able to get away.

Gomes initially fled from police in a white Cadillac Escalade, but subsequently ditched his car and fled on foot.

Residents who spot Gomes are being urged to stay away from him, and instead immediately call police.

Gomes is no stranger to the law. He has been arrested for a number of crimes, including resisting arrest, family abuse, terroristic threatening, gun and drug violations.

Police said the three officers who discharged their weapons are on administrative leave, per department policy.

This story will be updated.

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