EXCLUSIVE: Big Island police kill fugitive, in 2nd fatal shootout in February

EXCLUSIVE: Big Island police kill fugitive, in 2nd fatal shootout in February
Scottie Yanagawa
Scottie Yanagawa

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the second time in a week, Police in Hilo shot and killed an armed fugitive.

Police sources say they had been closing in on 29-year-old Scottie Yanagawa in recent days.

At 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, officers pulled over the Toyota minivan known to be connected to Yanagawa.  Police say he stepped out of the passenger side of the vehicle with a gun and shot at officers. Four officers returned fire and shot Yanagawa, killing him.

Yanagawa was wanted in connection with a shooting in Honolii on Jan. 31. Police said he was also wanted for escaping from the Hale Nani correctional facility on Nov. 19.

Earlier this week, the Hawaii County Police Department issued a public alert, asking for help finding Yanagawa.  He was described as being 'armed and dangerous.'

"Our officers were warned to use caution and be aware that intel received was that he was in possession of firearms," says Major Randy Apele.

Yanagawa is a convicted thief and burglar.

The female driver of the minivan 30-year-old Kaiini Febo Santiago of Pahoa, was not injured and arrested at the scene for hindering prosecution.

The officers who fired their weapons are on administrative leave, standard procedure after a police shooting.  They have between six and 14 years of experience.

The shootout comes five days after officers shot and killed a 38-year-old man in the parking lot of the McDonald's at the Puainako Shopping Center. Ronald Barawis Jr., who was the county's most wanted man, had a shotgun, rifle and two semi-automatic guns within reach in the car he was driving, police said.

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