KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Family members say the 48-year-old killed in a fight Monday in Kalihi was a loving and dedicated family man.
The victim has been identified as Riley Meade, and the medical examiner's office has ruled his death a homicide.
Meade, an autopsy found, suffered "sudden cardiac death during a violent struggle." He also had high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Police said the fight led to a dramatic scene at the H-1 Freeway, in which the suspect, 19-year-old Rimoni Pologa-Seiuli, threatened to commit suicide. Police were able to grab him just as he jumped.
Meade's relatives described him as a hard worker who was trying to turn his life around. They said they're looking for answers.
Meade lived in a halfway house near the Aloha Island Mart gas station on School St., where the fight happened,
Family members believe he was on his way to work the morning he was killed.
After the fight, Pologa-Seiuli fled, ending up near the H-1 Freeway Gulick Avenue overpass, where he threatened to jump.
Officers used negotiation skills learned through HPD's training academy to save his life.
"There is no time limit to resolve the situation. They need to develop some type of rapport with that person. So it could be the words that they use to find out what exactly they're going through," said Maj. William Baldwin, head of HPD's training academy.
Sources say Pologa-Seiuli has five prior arrests, ranging from car theft to resisting arrests.They say he has no felony convictions.
Pologa-Seiuli was arrested for second-degree murder, but has not been charged yet. He is still recovering in the hospital.