Man critically injured by spear gun during Puna brawl

PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police are investigating an incident involving a spear gun that occurred in the Puna District that left one person critically injured.

At about 10:15 p.m. on June 25, police responded to a report of a 20-year-old Pahoa man who was shot with a spear gun during a confrontation on Leilani Avenue in the Leilani Estates Subdivision.

Police and Hawaii Fire Department medics responded to the location and stabilized the victim at the scene before transporting him to the Hilo Medical Center.

Police also learned that a 61-year-old female sustained a non life-threatening injury to her lower leg during the confrontation after being struck by a large rock. She was transported to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment and was later released.

Officers arrested a 49-year-old Pahoa man for second degree attempted murder and he is being held in the police cellblock while detectives continue the investigation.

The victim underwent surgery at the medical center and he remains in critical condition.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or email him at or Detective Todd Pataray at 961-2382 or email him at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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