Gunman Forces Evacuation, Closure of Haleiwa Bypass Road

Leialoha Kaupe
Leialoha Kaupe
Joann Sato
Joann Sato

by Minna Sugimoto

HALEIWA (KHNL) -- A major roadway on Oahu's North Shore is sealed off as Honolulu police try to catch a gunman. Shots are fired making the situation even more intense.

Sirens blaring, officers in vehicles of all shapes and sizes rush to a pig farm in Haleiwa. A man with a gun is on the loose there.

"He just took it out, took out the weapon," Leialoha Kaupe, suspect's sister, said.

"Get out of the way. Get out of the way. Go, go, go," an officer instructed drivers.

Police turn cars away from the Haleiwa bypass road after a shot is fired.

"Officers responded and secured the area," Capt. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police Department, said. "While they were awaiting the arrival of Specialized Services Division officers, they heard another gunshot."

"That's my father and my brother," a driver at the roadblock told police.

Family members say 51-year-old August Kaupe grabbed a gun during an argument with his dad.

"My friend wanted to take the, he took the truck yesterday, and then my brother was yelling at him and he wanted to fight him," Leialoha Kaupe said. "And my dad was like telling him not to yell and stop swearing. And he didn't care."

Police say Kaupe fired at least two shots during the incident. Officers were in the process of evacuating homes in the area, when the suspect came out of the bushes and surrendered.

"They said he wanted to shoot anybody," Joann Sato, evacuated neighbor, said.

Police say no one was hurt. Officers arrest Kaupe for investigation of reckless endangering.

"August, he's pretty decent," Sato said. "I don't think, I don't know what happened, what caused this whole thing."

Officers re-opened the bypass road about three hours after it all began.

Kaupe is being held at the main police cellblock.